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Thu 14 junComment
Follow The Rollout
By Dan Warne
Thousands more families and businesses in Tasmania will be able to receive high-speed broadband following the completion of the latest stage of the rollout of the National Broadband Network.
At a ceremony in Launceston today, the NBN was formally switched on in Deloraine in the north of the state, in the east coast township of Triabunna, and in Sorell and Kingston Beach near Hobart.
The combination of the new locations, those about to come on line and the existing sites in Tasmania will bring to 12,800 the number of premises in Tasmania able to connect to the fibre optic network.
Ribbon fibre was hauled for the first time outside of new developments this morning in South Morang, Victoria.
The ribbon fibre technology is an important step forward for the NBN, as it allows cables to be joined much faster than traditional stranded fibre. Put simply, technicians can connect 12 cables at once using a special tool, rather than having to join fibres one at a time, allowing more work to be done in the same amount of time.
South Morang is one of the first areas to get the NBN, with construction already underway to pass 7,700 homes and businesses, and another 8,600 premises scheduled to see construction commence within the next three years.
Fri 11 mayComment
By Dan Warne
Fibre-optic maker Corning has opened a new Australian production line, manufacturing 'ribbon fibre' cables for NBN Co -- the first time this type of fibre has been used or manufactured in Australia.
The significantly expanded manufacturing facility is expected to create up to 400 local manufacturing jobs as the rollout of the NBN scales up (and, as Senator Conroy said at the launch, that's just part of the up to 16,000 - 18,000 jobs the NBN is forecast to create across the country at the peak of the rollout.)
The loose-tube ribbon fibre will provide an efficiency boost for the construction of the NBN in Australia, as it allows much faster splicing (connection of fibre cables) than normal stranded fibre that has been typically used in Australia until now.
Thu 12 aprComment
For the last few months almost every question asked on the NBN Truck has been "when are we going to get the NBN?"
Understandably, people want it now. Actually, yesterday would have been better, but right now will suffice!
As the phrase goes, though, "Rome wasn't built in a day". This seems absolutely fitting when we're trying to explain to people why the National Broadband Network can't be made available everywhere instantly.
Thu 29 marComment
Here’s the news you’ve been waiting for!
Prime Minister Julia Gillard just announced stage one of the National Broadband Network’s wide-scale rollout plan.
Over the next three years, construction of the fibre optic component of the NBN will be underway or completed in areas containing 3.5 million premises, in 1,500 communities across every state and territory in Australia.