Australian communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has speculated that a commercial deal between Optus and NBN could see the telco’s cable TV services delivered over the National Broadband Network.
Many Optus services, including its pay TV products, are currently provided over its own HFC networks. Any deal is likely to see the HFC network switched off.
The minister said: “We’re in discussions with Optus, as in the National Broadband Network are, about the possibility of migrating broadband customers across to the NBN,” he said. “There’ll be a commercial decisions made – what that could mean is when fibre comes and gets connected to your home those services are delivered through the fibre, rather than the HFC.”