Surprise, Surprise: NBN’s FttN Take-Up Outstrips FttP

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Take-up rates in the first NBN fibre-to-the-node (FttN) areas across Australia are outstripping those seen in the early fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) footprint, the Government has claimed.

Documents published by the Department of Communications claim FttN take-up to the end of February accounted for 19,986 of a known 23,232 activations at that time.

According to independent telecoms analyst Paul Budde, you do not have to be Einstein to understand what this is all about.

“Once the momentum is there, word of mouth starts to spread and more and more people will take up the service,” Budde told. “Of course the Government (and) the current NBN management want to spin this, but these are more or less natural processes.

“I am disappointed by such messages from our political leaders, as I would expect from them that they would see the NBN as a long-term investment that will have to provide us with good quality services, not just today but also in three, five, 10 and even 20 years.”

NBN said it bettered 10,000 activations a week in February, via a “12-week rolling average”, and predicted the rate would continue to climb. “NBN is ahead of plan on activations, which is translating through to improved earnings,” said CEO Bill Morrow.
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