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NBN fibre rollout ramps up to over 3.5 million premises
On 29 March 2011, Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, announced the three year rollout plan of the National Broadband Network (NBN), which will reach over 3.5 million premises in various parts of Australia.
More than 3.5 million homes, businesses, schools and hospitals will have construction of the NBN either commenced or completed within the next three years, under the new fibre rollout plan.
Across Australia, the numbers of homes, businesses, schools and hospitals that will see construction begin or be completed by mid-2015 are:
- 1,010,700 in New South Wales;
- 691,600 in Victoria;
- 678,600 in Queensland;
- 429,200 in Western Australia;
- 327,300 in South Australia;
- 135,300 in the ACT;
- 65,200 in the Northern Territory; and
- 209,100 in Tasmania.
Construction of the national fibre network rollout will begin between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2015 in these locations, under NBN Co’s indicative three year rollout plan.
This announcement provides certainty to Australians who have been waiting to hear when they will get access to this critical infrastructure. It also shows the NBN rollout is about to go into high gear.
Australia’s 100-year-old copper network is out of date and can’t deliver the modern high speed broadband the economy needs. The NBN will transform service delivery and drive economic diversification for people living in regional Australia.
NBN Co released its first 12 month rollout schedule in October 2011. That schedule, updated for the first time in February 2012, continues to be updated quarterly. The three year rollout plan will be updated each year.
NBN Co has established an interactive searchable map on its website detailing the rollout, available at: www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map.html.
Written by Paul Stathis