FTTP Connections Outperform Other NBN Connection Types in Australia, ACCC Reports

Australia, Finance

Article: The ACCC’s latest Measuring Broadband Australia report has revealed that Australians with fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband connections experience fewer outages than those with other NBN connection types.

The report compared the performance of each of the NBN fixed-line technologies for outage frequency, latency, and packet loss.

The report found that consumers with fibre to the node (FTTN) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connections are more likely to experience frequent outages compared to those on FTTP connections.

FTTN connections accounted for almost half (48 per cent) of the services that experienced an outage on most days, despite representing only 34 per cent of all NBN fixed-line connections in the Measuring Broadband Australia program.

By comparison, FTTP connections, which represent 36 per cent of the connections in the program, accounted for only 12 per cent of services that experienced an outage on most days.

In addition to outages, a consumer’s broadband connection quality is also impacted by latency and packet loss.

The report found that the average latency for NBN fixed-line connections was 10.

FTTP connections recorded the lowest average latency and packet loss with less variation between results across different households.

This suggests that FTTP connections are more capable of delivering a reliable experience for consumers when using online applications that require very low latency or packet loss.

Broadband retailers continued to deliver download speeds to consumers close to their maximum plan speeds during March 2024.

This report was the first in the Measuring Broadband Australia program’s history where Telstra recorded the highest average download speed during the busy hours (7-11pm) of the retail service providers featured.

NBN fixed-line connections on the Telstra network recorded an average busy hour download speed of 102.

Underperforming services represented 4.

NBN fixed-line services tested in this report, the lowest figure in the program’s history.

The number of underperforming services with a FTTN connection remains higher than other connection types.