nbn co has been forced to delay releasing HFC connections to market until services are actually available to individual premises because around half of premises within the HFC footprint need additional construction works.
The New Zealand government has revealed plans to extend its Ultra-Fast Broadband national fibre network to 190 more towns, bringing the total coverage up to 87% of the population by 2022.
The latest nbn co corporate plan indicates that the company expects the rollout to be complete by 2020 at a total cost of between $47bn and $51bn.
Representatives of Australia's telecoms industry have committed to improving the experience for customers migrating to the nbn.
The ACCC wants internet retailers to specify typical minimum download speeds.
nbn co has said that it has exceeded its core FY2017 targets, and remains confident its controversial broadband network will stay on time and on budget.
Demand for naked broadband has increased by 22% in New Zealand since 2016, according to data from broadband comparison website Glimp.co.nz.
There are now 20 retail service providers sourcing wholesale services over the nbn, with at least five customers at 118 of the network's 121 points of interconnect, according to the ACCC.
New Zealand telco infrastructure firm Chorus has welcomed the government's proposed amendments to the country's regulatory framework.
Australia has ranked a woeful 55th in the world's league table of broadband download speeds.
Telecoms analyst Paul Budde believes government must shoulder the blame for the underperformance of the nbn, despite the insistence on nbn co and RSPs blaming each other.
Proposed telecoms reforms would provide NZ regulators with more powers to improve quality of service and deregulate copper lines within the UFB fibre footprint.
The South Australian government has launched a network providing gigabit-speed fibre broadband services to key innovation precincts across Adelaide.
The digital divide between higher and lower income Australian households is growing due to falling affordability, but the gap between Indigenous and remote Australians and urban Australians is slowly narrowing.
As nbn co and retail service providers pass the buck over the slow speeds of some nbn connections, ACMA has launched a review into the customer experience of a migration to the network.