Australia's digital backbone is evolving

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We’re continuing to evolve the nbn™ network to meet the ever-changing needs of Australians.

With more connected devices, and more people working from home than ever before, we’re continuing to invest in Australia’s digital backbone to ensure people across the country enjoy a future with faster internet.1,2

Utilising fibre infrastructure that is already in place, we’re planning to provide access to more fibre and improved services to more homes and businesses. This is aimed at enabling higher speed services on-demand to millions of premises nationwide.

Get the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Fibre connections for over one million more premises

We’ve already begun working to extend fibre deeper into selected towns and suburbs across Australia.

As we look to ramp up this initiative, we’re adding to the two initial releases with a third release of a further 900,000 premises. This will result in 1.1 million homes and businesses becoming eligible to benefit from fibre being rolled out more widely in their communities – with a further 900,000 planned to be announced later in the year.

View the list of towns and suburbs announced so far.3

nbn’s ongoing commitment: evolving the network for you

This initiative is part of the our wider $3.5 billion network investment program, which aims to make nbn’s higher wholesale speed tiers available, as demand arises, to around 8 million premises or up to 75 per cent of homes and businesses on the Fixed Line network by 2023.2,3

This is just one step in our ongoing commitment to ensuring the nbn™ network evolves ahead of need, to support Australia’s communities, industries, and economy.

Elsewhere, we’re continuing to co-invest with state governments and local councils to further enhance the benefits of fast and reliable broadband. We’re also providing support to business customers by helping to extend the competitive benefits of the nbn™ network to more regions nationwide.

Enabling higher speeds

Once initial stage work is complete, eligible customers will be able to place an order on-demand with their preferred phone and internet provider for a higher speed plan.1

If Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology is needed to provide access to that wholesale speed tier to their premises, nbn will work with its delivery partners to install a fibre lead-in to complete the conversion from Fibre to the Node (FTTN) to FTTP.

If the desired speed can be achieved via our existing FTTN technology, then nothing will change. Fibre lead-ins will only be installed where they’re needed to achieve the desired speed.

The first eligible premises are expected to be able to order as part of a small-scale launch from November 2021, with more to follow in March 2022.

List of towns and suburbs announced so far.3

Announced today in May 2021:

Alexandria, Albion Park, Austinmer, Balgownie, Bankstown, Barrack Heights, Barrack Point, Batemans Bay, Belmont, Bogangar, Byron Bay, Cabarita Beach, Camperdown, Charlestown, Claymore, Cordeaux Heights, Corlette, Davistown, Dubbo, East Albury, Erina, Erskineville, Ettalong Beach, Fairy Meadow, Fingal Bay, Forster, Gerringong, Glenfield Park, Glenmore Park, Gorokan, Horningsea, Hoxton Park, Hunters Hill, Huntleys Cove, Jerrabomberra, Kariong, Kellyville, Kincumber, Islington, Lake Illawarra, Maryville, Merewether Heights, Milton, Mount Annan, Mount Pleasant, Narellan, Nelson Bay, North Richmond, North Wollongong, Oak Flats, Old Bar, Prestons, Raymond Terrace, Salamander Bay, Seven Hills, Shoal Bay, Soldiers Point, St Georges Basin, Terrigal, Thirroul, Tuncurry, Tweed Heads, Ulladulla, Umina Beach, Warilla, Warners Bay, West Hoxton, Woodbine, Woolwich, Woonona, Worrigee, Woy Woy, Yattalunga.

Announced previously in February 2021:

Bathurst, Campbelltown, Elderslie, Maitland, Narellan, New Lambton, Orange, Singleton, Tarro.

Announced previously in October 2020:

Belmont North, Carramar, Castle Hill, Charlestown, Holsworthy, Liverpool, Toronto, Wetherill Park.

Announced today in May 2021:

Banks, Campbell, Conder, Dickson, Gordon, Hume, Lyneham, O’Connor, Reid, Turner.

Announced today in May 2021:

Aireys Inlet, Albert Park, Alfredton, Barwon Heads, Belmont, Berwick, Caroline Springs, Cowes, Craigieburn, Deer Park (additional footprint), Delacombe, Derrimut, Echuca, Fairhaven, Geelong, Geelong West, Grovedale, Hampton Park, Hastings, Highton, Kalimna, Kangaroo Flat, Lakes Entrance, Leopold, Mernda, Mornington, Ocean Grove, Pakenham, Pearcedale, Rosebud, Sebastopol, Seymour, Somerville, Sunshine West, Tarneit, Torquay, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds, West Wodonga, Wodonga.

Announced previously in February 2021:

Berwick South, Cranbourne, Deer Park, additional areas of Narre Warren, Sydenham.

Announced previously in October 2020:

Lyndhurst, Narre Warren.

Announced today in May 2021:

Alexandra Headland, Andergrove, Bargara, Bayview Heights, Beaconsfield, Bellara, Bentley Park, Blacks Beach, Brinsmead, Buderim, Bulimba, Burpengary, Burpengary East, Caboolture, Caboolture South, Cannonvale, Castaways Beach, Clifton Beach, Coolangatta, Coolum Beach, Cooroibah, Craiglie, Currimundi, Dolphin Heads, Earville, Edmonton, Eimeo, Forest Lake, Freshwater, Glenella, Griffin, Heathwood, Kawungan, Kewarra Beach, Lawnton, Meridan Plains, Monoora, Mooloolaba, Manunda, Marcoola, Marcus Beach, Maroochydore, Minyama, Mooroobool, Morayfield, Mount Coolum, Mount Pleasant, Mount Sheridan, Mountain Creek, Murrumba Downs, Newtown (4350), Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Ormeau, Pacific Paradise, Pacific Pines, Parrearra, Peregian Beach, Port Douglas, Proserpine, Redlynch, Rothwell, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Stratford, Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach, Tewantin, Trinity Beach, Twin Waters, Upper Coomera, Urraween, Victoria Point, Warana, White Rock, Woree.

Announced previously in February 2021:

Albany Creek, Ashgrove, Bald Hills, Burleigh Heads, Ferny Hills, Robina, Townsville.

Announced previously in October 2020:

Acacia Ridge, Browns Plains, Eight Mile Plains, Oxenford.

Announced today in May 2021:

Andrews Farm, Ascot Park, Edwardstown, Exeter, Glanville, Grange, Largs Bay, Munno Para West, New Port, Port Adelaide, Seaton, Semaphore, Tennyson, West Lakes, Woodville West.

Announced previously in February 2021:

Elizabeth, Gepps Cross, Golden Grove, Salisbury.

Announced previously in October 2020:

Osborne.

Announced today in May 2021:

Ascot, Balcatta, Balga, Bayswater, Beaconsfield, Beckenham, Belmont, Bentley, Bicton, Cannington, City Beach, Cloverdale, Coogee, East Cannington, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Gosnells, Hamilton Hill, Highgate, Hilton, Huntingdale, Karawara, Karrinyup, Kewdale, Maylands, Midland, Morley, Mount Lawley, Nollamara, North Fremantle, North Perth, Osborne Park, Palmyra, Redcliffe, Riverton, Rivervale, Rossmoyne, Samson, Scarborough, Shelley, South Fremantle, Southern River, Spearwood, St James, Stirling, Tuart Hill, Waikiki, Waterford, Wembley Downs, Westminster, Yokine.

Announced previously in February 2021:

Canning Vale, Girrawheen, Jandakot South, Kingsley, Wanneroo.

Announced previously in October 2020:

Cannington, Double View.

Announced today in May 2021:

Camdale, Cooee, Devonport, Howrah, Legana, Ocean Vista, Park Grove, Parklands, Sandy Bay, Shorewell Park, Tranmere.

Announced today in May 2021:

Alice Springs, Araluen, Braitling, Ciccone, Desert Springs, East Side, Gillen, Ilpara, Larapinta, Ross, Sadadeen, The Gap.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are these locations first?

These spots have been selected as a starting point for reasons including:

Demand – we anticipate strong demand in these metropolitan and regional locations for higher nbn wholesale speed plans.

Workforce – our established construction and delivery partners, and their respective workforces, are ready to work here having recently completed the nbn™ network’s initial build.4

Cost-effectiveness – we are aiming to deploy in the selected areas with speed and agility, in a way that our investment is most likely to help spread and multiply economic activity across the nation.

It’s worth noting that these 1.1 million premises represent around half of the current program to extend fibre deeper into communities. Our aim is to extend fibre past an additional two million homes and businesses by the end of 2023.

How does it work?

This is an on-demand model.

Once available, eligible customers will be able to place an order with their preferred phone and internet provider for a higher speed plan.2 If FTTP is needed to deliver that speed to their premises, a fibre lead-in will then be installed to complete the conversion from FTTN to FTTP.

If the desired wholesale speed tier can be achieved via our existing FTTN or selected Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) technology, then nothing will change. Fibre lead-ins will only be installed where they’re needed to help achieve the desired speed.1,2

I live in one of the suburbs or towns listed today. When can I get access to higher speed services?

The first eligible premises are expected to be able to order as part of a small-scale launch from around November 2021, with more to follow in around March 2022 and beyond.

It’s important to note that not every premises in the towns and suburbs listed will be eligible, so seeing your location listed above is not a guarantee that you will be able to upgrade to our higher speed tiers as part of these releases.

We’ll keep you updated on our progress to evolve the nbn™ network so check back regularly for the latest news or register for updates.

I don’t live here – but I still want higher speeds…

We totally understand! That’s why we already offer a range of wholesale speeds for residential and business customers.1,2

Our residential speed tiers range from Home Basic through to Home Ultrafast, and we also have options to suit Small and Medium Businesses and Enterprise and Government. Please note that the availability of these speed tiers depends on your nbn™ access technology.

We recommend chatting to your preferred phone and internet provider to find the right speed tier to suit your needs. You can also learn more about making the most of your internet experience.

What locations are next?

Our aim is to allow up to two million home and businesses to benefit from extended fibre in the nbn™ network by the end of 2023.

nbn is continuing to consult with phone and internet providers to determine how eligible customers will be able to express their interest in ordering a higher speed broadband service and acquiring a fibre lead-in to their premises, should it be required.

So, stay tuned for further announcements in 2021 about future rollout plans.

1 Regardless of the retail service you purchase, the actual wholesale speeds will be less than 1000 Mbps due to equipment and network limitations.

2 nbn provides wholesale services to phone and internet providers. nbn™ wholesale speed tiers available to providers vary depending on the access technology in an end customer’s area. An end customer’s experience, including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn™ broadband access network, depends on the nbn™ access network technology and configuration over which services are delivered to their premises, whether they are using the internet during the busy period, and some factors outside of nbn’s control (like their equipment quality, software, chosen broadband plan, signal reception, or how their provider designs its network).

3 NBN Co reserves the right to amend the list of targeted suburbs and towns for local fibre extensions at its discretion.

4 NBN Co’s build completion commitment was that all standard installation premises in Australia are able to connect to the nbn™ access network as at 30 June 2020. This excludes premises in future new developments which will be an ongoing activity for the Company beyond the build completion date. It also excludes a small proportion of premises defined as ‘complex connections’ – which includes properties that are difficult to access, culturally significant areas and heritage sites – where connection depends on factors outside NBN Co’s control such as permission from traditional owners, and where network construction to allow such premises to connect will be an ongoing activity of NBN Co beyond 30 June 2020.