NBN Co Blog
Wed 08 mayComment
The National Broadband Network has been switched on in Australia's largest city.
Superfast broadband now passes 1300 premises in Blacktown in Sydney's West with another 9300 homes and businesses set to be passed over the next few months. The Sydney switch-on was marked at a ceremony at the Max Webber Library in Blacktown over the weekend which included the first live NBN-enabled children's book reading session with popular Australian children's writer, the international bestselling author Andy Griffiths.
"It's a whole new way to reach readers and stimulate young minds," said Griffiths, who read to the children and answered their questions from Melbourne over video via the NBN. "Better broadband is essential for Australia if we're to keep pace with the rest of the world."
Mon 06 mayComment
Follow The Rollout
Howlong, Murrurundi, Rainbow Beach and Rollingstone; Tumby Bay, Naracoorte, Lang Lang and Tallangatta; Dunsborough, Ellenbrook - these are just a handful of the 190 cities, towns and suburbs NBN Co has added to its construction timetable.
All up, NBN Co has added 1.35 million homes and business to its rollout footprint as part of its yearly update of its three-year construction timetable. The company is also expanding coverage of the National Broadband Network in existing areas.
This means there will be 4.85 million premises where construction will have commenced or where an NBN service can be ordered by June 2016.
Oyster farmers have to be very careful about when they harvest the bivalves, especially after a storm.
Following a rain storm, bacteria in the water sometimes increase and could be taken up by the oysters, potentially making them unfit to eat. Until now oyster farmers have had to wait up to two weeks before they could harvest again after a good rain - meaning they miss out on orders and income.
But a project by the CSIRO to use environmental sensors linked to a broadband network aims to give the oyster farmers a better idea of when it's safe to harvest.
Tue 30 aprComment
Follow The Rollout
NBN Co has laid the first local fibre optic cable in metropolitan Adelaide as part of the widespread rollout of the National Broadband Network in South Australia.
And super-fast broadband is also a step closer in Western Australia after NBN Co installed the first local fibre optic cable in Mandurah.
In Adelaide, distribution fibre linking the Prospect exchange to the local area was installed on the corner of Ballville Street and Prospect Terrace.
"This fibre haul marks an important step in the rollout of the NBN in Adelaide," NBN Co spokesperson Tony Gibbs said. "The construction shows work is underway to build the network, which will provide super-fast broadband to parts of Adelaide throughout 2014."
Design and construction work has already commenced on rolling out the NBN to around 15,000 homes and businesses in Prospect. NBN Co is aiming to finish the first stages of construction in Prospect by the end of the year, and homes and businesses are expected to be able to connect to services over the NBN soon after.
There are three little words that lots of Australian waiting for high speed broadband want to hear...
Ready. For. Service.
Ready for a service over the National Broadband Network that is.
And that is what the people of Toowoomba heard, more often than not, when visiting the NBN Co truck at the Heritage Royal Show recently.
Residents of Toowoomba and many of the surrounding areas are among the lucky Australians who can connect to the NBN right now.
There are both Fibre and Fixed Wireless services currently active in the region, which resulted in many excited residents jumping onboard the truck to find out more.
While keen to get a connection, many truck visitors were unsure of how to go about it.
So let's break it down.
Getting connected to the NBN is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Check NBN Co's interactive map to see if the NBN is available in your area.
- If the NBN is available in your area, simply look through the list of phone and internet service providers, and give your preferred provider a call to select the right option for you.
- Your service provider will arrange a time for the NBN Co equipment to be installed and your services activated (a standard installation will be free of charge).