Alternative Australian operator TPG Telecom is said to be planning the construction of a wholesale fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network in five cities, according to the Australian Financial Review. It is understood that the telco aims to deploy infrastructure in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, and with TPG expected to offer downlink speeds of up to 100Mbps over the network, trials are expected to begin from the end of this year. TPG’s largest shareholder, Malaysian businessman David Teoh, was cited as saying: ‘It is very important that we have our own infrastructure … This will mean we don’t rely on anyone and control our own destiny … from the last mile to the backhaul, to the international cables and voice networks.’ While the operator would have this network in urban areas, meanwhile, the executive noted that it would continue to use the National Broadband Network (NBN) to supply broadband services to rural and regional areas.
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