What is HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial)
Australia’s High Speed Internet is being rolled out by the NBN Company. One of the Technologies being employed is HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial)
They were designed to carry PAY-TV (cable-tv) and developed by the cable TV industry to allow two-way, high-speed broadband content (video, voice and data) to be delivered to the home using a combination of fibre and coaxial cable.
Hybrid fibre/coaxial (“cable Internet”) currently delivers speeds of 30Mbps to 100Mbps. Thr NBN company plan acknowledges that 240Mbps is possible on the current network with HFC node-splitting.
HFC is widespread across a number of areas of metropolitan Australia – if you or your neighbour has Foxtel via cable there is a good chance you live in the HFC footprint. Rather than build another broadband network over the top of these existing HFC networks, NBN plan to upgrade the networks to deliver high speed broadband.
The purpose of this approach is to enable families and businesses to access high speed broadband faster than previously anticipated, with less disruption to the community and at less cost to you the tax payer.
Many homes and businesses within HFC areas have connections to the network. NBN Co plan to trial HFC construction techniques and processes to help decide the best and most efficient way to connect the remaining homes. This is designed to allow more people to access high speed broadband sooner when NBN commercially launch their HFC product in 2016/2017
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