TPG close to passing 1000 buildings with fibre

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TPG close to passing 1000 buildings with fibre

The race for metro areas is on.

Internet service provider TPG has activated 995 buildings across the country with fibre, as the national network builder races to keep up.

The monthly list of the premises activated on TPG's fibre-to-the-premise network, sent out to resellers early this month, reveals the ISP is nearing the 1000 mark for its controversial network.

Of the 995 TPG-connected blocks, 611 apartment blocks are located in inner-city Sydney suburbs of NSW.

Around 105 blocks are located around the city of Brisbane, 13 blocks are in Adelaide, 220 apartment blocks are located in inner-city Melbourne, and 43 apartment blocks in Perth have TPG fibre.

In December 2014, the federal government introduced a new carrier license condition that required those competing with the NBN to offer non-discriminatory wholesale access to their networks and structurally separate their retail and wholesale businesses.

The condition was specifically targeted at TPG, after the ISP took advantage of a loophole in anti-cherry picking laws to extend its existing network in metropolitan areas to build its own FTTB network.

TPG has said it plans to make its FTTB services available to 500,000 apartments across metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

NBN's high-value build

In contrast, the number of multi-dwelling units currently connected to NBN's "high value build" (HVB) - the national network builder's direct response to the TPG threat - sits at 238 apartment blocks, according to Telstra Wholesale data.

There are a further 12 high-value build apartment blocks that use fibre-to-the-premise - which was the technology of choice when the network builder first decided to respond to TPG - instead of FTTB.

NBN's high-value build is the program the network builder has undertaken to target the lucrative customers TPG also has in its sights. It includes only a subset of the NBN's overall FTTB build.

The 238 NBN HVB blocks equate to around 38,487 invididual apartments, and the network builder has connected approximately 662 buildings and 60,867 premises to its wider FTTB network.

When asked if NBN was concerned TPG was gaining a foothold in high-value areas, a spokesperson said the network builder was committed to rolling out its network as quickly and as cost-efficiently as possible.

"We are progressing on every front, and as reported recently, we are hitting every target – this includes our FTTB program," the spokesperson said.

NBN declined to comment on whether it had ramped up its FTTB construction specifically in response to the TPG threat, saying only its overall build had increased in speed.

TPG did not respond to request for comment. 

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