NBN Suspends HFC Rollout

December 15, 2017

Another setback for the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) run to completion as 2017 comes to a close.

The king of promises is back at it again, and this time it’s about its decision of putting a temporary freeze on the all new HFC orders and delaying the rollout of HFC network of some areas. And guess what the reason is? The networking giant said the decision was for them to give it a shot at improving the quality of service for everyone.

“This pause will be in effect until incremental field work is undertaken to raise the quality of service for end users,” NBN Co said in a statement. It also revealed that the delay could be between six and nine months.

The affected areas of the pause are the residents of ready-for-service NBN who’re not yet in service. In numbers, a total of almost one million of people in the country are eligible to connect to the NBN via HFC. But only 370,000 were able, while the remaining 600,000 or more will have to wait until NBN picks up what’s left and upgrade what they have to upgrade in order for them to be connected.

NBN specified that it will perform “advanced network testing and remediation where needed, wholesale connector replacements, signal amplification calibration, and lead-in work as required”.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time the NBN had a problem with HFC. Last year, the networking giant removed 700,000 premises that represented the Optus network. NBN described this as “not fully fit for purpose” in leaked documents.

Will this really provide what Australian’s have been asking for a long time? We will only know for sure once this has been fully rolled out. But for now, Australians who were not able to get the connection are given another promise by the NBN.

The networking giant said that it made sure: “those who may wait a bit longer to switch to services on the NBN access network will still have access to the same services that they have today”.

Will this promise be fulfilled or not? We’ll just have to wait and see.