Vodafone will launch NBN broadband services in 2017
Vodafone will add to its mobile offerings with fixed line NBN broadband services next year.
One of the core goals for the National Broadband Network was meant to be a level playing field for new providers to offer services, free of the tangles of copper that made up the older ADSL access network. Vodafone’s indicated today that it’s going down that exact path, announcing that it will offer fixed line broadband services "before the end of 2017".
Vodafone’s language around the launch suggests that it will strongly look at bundled product services, combining mobile and fixed line packages together. In a statement, Vodafone Hutchison Australia CEO Iñaki Berroeta said that "We have a strong 4G network which covers more than 22 million Australians and is enjoyed by 5.5 million customers, the NBN rollout is gaining momentum and there is strong consumer demand for continuous connectivity. It’s anticipated that four million Australian homes will be NBN-ready by the end of next year, so the project is reaching a scale where it provides the platform to deliver a service that complements our mobile network."
Vodafone Hutchison Australia CEO Iñaki Berroeta also noted that Australians are heavy users of data even in a mobile sense, stating that consumers on the Vodafone network get through "around 14,000 terabytes" per month. In the fixed line NBN space where unlimited data packages are becoming more standard that’s likely to be higher, but Vodafone didn’t indicate any specific details on its NBN packages; merely that it would offer them by the end of calendar 2017.