NBN’s critical HFC mistake revealed: prioritising activations over repairs

NBN contractor Foxcomm install an FTTN on the corner of Parry and Darby Street Cooks Hill, Newcastle NSW 270715. All talent photographed have signed media release forms. Reference Numbers cooks_hill_27072015_001.pdf to cooks_hill_27072015_006

NBN Co’s announcement last week that it would cease selling services on its hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network has revealed one of the biggest errors in judgment the company has made under a Turnbull-Abbott led government.

The government-owned NBN Co blamed “interference” — which was leading to dropouts and unacceptable broadband service on a minority of users’ services — for the decision, which will result in an average delay of between six to nine months for millions of households looking to sign up.

But NBN Co first discovered that interference might become a problem down the track in mid-2016, Fairfax Media has learned, when the first HFC asset transfers occurred between Telstra and NBN Co.

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