NBN Co has taken another step in linking Australia's largest city to the National Broadband Network with the installation of some of the first fibre optic cable in the Sydney metropolitan area.
The Distribution Fibre was hauled on the corner of Main Street and Marcel Crescent in Blacktown in the city's west. The Distribution Fibre links Blacktown exchange to the surrounding suburbs, and from there the service will be run down local roads and ultimately to homes and businesses.
NBN Co is aiming to finish some areas of construction by July 2013, which means nearby homes and business will be able to connect to the National Broadband Network shortly after.
The first fibre optic cable has also been laid in nearby Penrith at the corner of Brown Street and Stafford Road, and NBN Co hopes to start connecting homes and businesses in the area from the middle of the year.
NBN Co Lead Community Account Manager for Northern Australia Darren Rudd described the fibre hauls as "an important step" in linking Western Sydney to the National Broadband Network.
Construction work has begun on connecting 16,800 premises in the Blacktown area and 9,100 in the Penrith area.
The Distribution Fibre laid in Blacktown was the first fibre optic cable to be laid in the Sydney metropolitan area that will eventually replace the existing copper wire telephone network. Some fibre has already been laid in Sydney to connect new developments to the NBN.
Around Blacktown, work is under planning or construction in parts of Seven Hills, with a target completion date in 2013.
"With such a large amount of work scheduled to commence across the Sydney metropolitan area in 2013 we encourage all residents to look on our website www.nbnco.com.au for construction information," Rudd said.
"By mid-2015 we expect construction to have commenced or be completed for more than 1,000,000 premises across New South Wales."
Once a street has access to the NBN, home and business owners will be informed and are then able to contact their preferred telephone or internet service provider to see how they can get connected to services over the NBN.
"The NBN is being designed to transform the way Australians communicate and keep in touch with each other, how they access education and health services, leverage e-business opportunities and immerse themselves in culture from around the world," Rudd said.
When we talk about speeds delivered over the National Broadband Network, we are referring to the wholesale speed to telephone and internet service providers. The speed you can achieve, and services you can use, on your individual connection will depend on many factors including the services you subscribe to, the software and communication protocols you use, quality of your equipment and connection to your home/business, the broadband plans offered by your telephone or internet provider and how it designs its network to cater for multiple users.