NBN Co plans to launch new products and additional features over time in a series of product releases.
Our product releases are generally focused on delivering capabilities and functionality that are expected to be available downstream to our service providers' end users. Though NBN Co is a wholesale provider, we take this approach to deliver a cohesive set of features and capabilities to our service providers so that they can build services for their customers. Within the limitations of the underlying technology platform, service providers can select features from different releases to build a retail offering.
A high-level overview of the major product and feature releases:
This release of the foundational Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) offering has given our service providers the opportunity to build their core broadband and telephony products for The National Broadband Network (NBN). The release included up to five access speed tiers for end user services*. This release included NBN Co's best-efforts traffic class; Traffic Class 4 as well as NBN Co's traffic class designed to support telephony, Traffic Class 1.
These releases are designed to support business end users with high speed broadband and multi-line telephony capability. They also provide service and operational enhancements to our service providers.
This release comprises features intended to support medium sized businesses. It includes additional traffic classes designed to support video conferencing and collaboration, data networking and additional enhanced service level options.
This release saw the introduction of the multicast feature become available on the FTTP access network. Multicast allows service providers to inject a piece of data once into an NBN Co Point-of-Interconnect, and have that data replicated out to thousands of end user premises. This makes the technology ideal for internet television providers - who can inject their channel line-up once at a Point-of-Interconnect, and have those channels replicated and transmitted to thousands of end users.
This planned release will enable our service providers to serve the mission critical sites of large enterprise customers (for example, hospitals and banks). This release is expected to include very high bandwidth options, transparency features and access redundancy.
*NBN Co is designing the NBN to be capable of delivering these speeds to NBN Co's wholesale customers (Service Providers) via FTTP, fixed wireless and satellite. Speeds actually achieved by retail customers (End Users) will depend on a number of factors including the quality of their equipment and in-Premises connection, the broadband plans offered by their Service Provider and how their Service Provider designs its network to cater for multiple End Users.