Dear NBN Co Limited,
On 13 September 2017, NBNCo received a written Question on Notice from the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network (45th Parliment):
"There are concerns for consumers who are in theory located in fixed line areas but are too far from the node to guarantee the minimum speeds. In some of these cases nbn is assigning these consumers to satellite technology. Due to potential interference these consumers may not be able to keep ADSL services. It is understood that POTS is compatible but that ADSL and FTTN cause interference issues. After the ‘co-existence’ period the legacy ADSL services may have to be switched off to ensure FTTN services can function. This would leave these premises with Sky Muster as their only potential fixed line service. Other consumers with Sky Muster are able to keep their ADSL. "
"3.What is the future of Telstra fixed line services in this scenario which share the same lines that nbn is using to deliver FTTN/B services? How many lines are estimated to be in this situation and what is the impact likely to be?"
The answer provided by NBNCo states:
"As at August 2017, approximately 1,500 services outside the fixed-line footprint are
potentially impacted by this scenario. "
In the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network hearing held on 1 August 2017, NBN CEO Mr Bill Morrow stated nbn was still looking into the options to address this impact:
“there is a rare circumstance where a home that is served by satellite, while the majority of the 400,000 can still elect to stay on the ADSL through the Telstra network if it's available there, these few will not be able to. That's where we are looking to see if that's reasonable and fair, and what the other options are.”
Can you please provide information/documents on the following:
As at August 2017:
1. A breakdown of the number of premises by State (please also include Suburb name if readily available in the data) of the approximately 1500 premises that were identified by NBNCo outside the fixed line footprint that will not be able to stay on the ADSL network.
As at the time of this request (30 October 2019):
a. The number of premises outside the fixed line footprint that will not be able to stay on the ADSL network.
b. For (a) above, how many of this number comprises of the "original" ~1500 premises identified by NBNco in 2017? (Have any of the "original" 1500 premises been moved off Satellite to alternate technologies? Have any more premises that will not be able to stay on the ADSL network been identified since August 2017?)
c. For (a) above, a breakdown of the number of premises by State (please also include Suburb name if readily available in the data).
Mr M. Wilkinson
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David J Mesman
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