MEDIA RELEASE - FOXTEL TO DITCH TURNBULL’S HFC NETWORK - 16 MARCH 2018

According to reports today, Foxtel will ditch Malcolm Turnbull’s HFC network, with concerns about the network’s ongoing reliability reportedly playing a role.

“Satellite is less prone to outages than HFC cable” a statement attributed to Foxtel read.

This comes after NBNCo blindsided a hapless Mitch Fifield on 20 November 2017 with news it would halt its HFC rollout — only a few days after the Senate voted to order a special committee hearing on 23 November 2017.

Concerns about HFC reliability were again apparent in recent information disclosed to the Senate which show HFC producing 29 times more NBN network downtime than fibre.

Source: Analysis of QON200 – note this data does not account for individual line faults.

“Malcolm Turnbull thought he would stroll into government and switch on the HFC network like it was a toaster”, Ms Rowland said.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate NBN is $20 billion over budget and four years behind schedule – with over a million HFC consumers still in limbo.”