The number of premises served by Fibre-to-the-Curb will be increased by 300,000 as the NBN roll-out continues to evolve.
nbn announced last year that it would provide Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) to 700,000 premises, 400,000 of which were within the Optus HFC footprint.
The move followed the assessment that it would be more cost-effective to deploy the high speed copper solution than to upgrade the Optus HFC network to the point where it was fit for purpose.
FTTC access networks are capable of delivering Gigabit download speeds and have the advantage over FTTN that they can be back-powered from the customer premises, simplifying deployment.
While nbn has made it clear that it will not be moving to install it in areas where FTTN build has already been rolled out, it is quite possible that it will eventually account for more of the final footprint.
Trials of the platform are currently being held in North Coburg, Victoria.