From looking at the most recent NBN roll out maps some of the sprawling inner burbs of the big cities have something in common with the regional/rural areas not yet able to access the NBN. They are both at the bottom of the list.
There is not a lot of information about how well the HFC is performing in the premises connected after last years freeze was lifted. We were advised for Ashgrove and nearby in Brisbane that none of the HFC would be made available until the cabling for the entire service area was 100% complete?
Could we assume the same elsewhere, although the logic of progressively turning HFC on as finished in smaller sections would seem a more reasonable way to spread resources?
It leaves the NBN Co open to speculation there is some other issue with the HFC program, eg shortage of finances, not enough contractors, ongoing technical issues, shortage of customer installation equipment (eg DOCSIS 3.1 modems)? We as the public do not have access to the relevant private contract progress reports or financials to know if there are unspecified issues or not? Hope all is ok!
The NBN Co carried out lab trials of DOCSIS 3.1 capable equipment in 2017. It was supposed to progress to field trials at the end of 2017 into early 2018 Feb/March? Aside from some reports of field trials of the slower DOCSIS 3.0 Redcliffe 2016, there has been little else online re any results! Has any one better information?
P.S. WHAT THE NBN CO HAS COMMITTED TO
Although DOCSIS 3.1 does enable higher speeds on HFC networks that is not our core focus at this present time.
From an NBN Co point of view DOCSIS 3.1 will help us increase capacity on the HFC network far more efficiently than conducting new optical node splits which will, in turn, free up construction resources elsewhere to complete the network build by 2020.
IE How to put more customers onto a single feed/cable and save the NBN Co some money?