Brisbane's silver surfers jump on the broadband bandwagon
Parts of Aspley have less than six months to make the switch to the NBN
Almost 3,500 home and business owners in parts of Aspley have connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN), one year after it was first switched on.
An estimated 450 home and business owners in parts of Aspley have less than six months before the NBN is scheduled to permanently replace most existing home and business phone, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services in the area when these services are officially switched off from 28 September 2014.*
NBN Co is encouraging home and business owners in the disconnection area to contact their preferred phone company and internet service provider to get their order for services over the NBN in as soon as possible.
NBN Co spokesperson, Trent Williams said:
“It’s great to see parts of the Brisbane community already reaping the benefits of fast broadband a year after we switched on the first areas in Aspley to the NBN.
“The first areas of Aspley join almost 87,000 home and business owners in Queensland already able to connect to the NBN.
“The move to the NBN is not automatic and may take some planning and coordination. Residents and businesses in the area need to move their landline phone and internet services over to the NBN if they wish to continue using them. They have a choice whether to switch across to the NBN or to make do with mobile or other wireless solutions.
“Even residents who don’t use the internet will still need to switch to the NBN if their service is being switched off and they want to keep using their home and business landline phone.
“We particularly want to reach out to anyone currently using a medical alarm. To make sure they’re prepared they will need to contact their preferred phone company or internet service provider along with their alarm provider to put in an order for their service over the NBN. We also encourage them to put their details in the NBN Co Medical Alarm Register so that we can take additional steps to ensure they have a smooth migration to the NBN.”**
Aspley retiree Keith Buckley says the switch to his iPrimus NBN service was a seamless transition.
"My wife and I are now able to use four devices around the home at once. I can look up the sailing weather forecast on my tablet while streaming music or catching up on our favourite shows on catch-up TV.
"It has opened up a whole new world for us being online. We recently researched, booked and paid for our holiday to the United Kingdom all online, giving us more options to choose from then before.
NBN Co is currently undertaking a comprehensive communication campaign with residents in areas of Aspley set to make the switch to the NBN from 28 September 2014. This includes local advertising, community information sessions and direct mail.
A team from NBN Co will be visiting Westfield Chermside from Friday 9 May until Sunday 11 May. Aspley residents and business owners are invited to visit the kiosk to learn more about making the switch to the NBN.
More information about the steps residents and businesses need to take to connect to the NBN as well as a list of service providers can be found at: nbnco.com.au/switch.
The first of several areas in Aspley are scheduled to be switched off from the existing copper network from 28 September 2014 with further areas to follow later in the year. Additional areas in Queensland such as parts of Townsville and Toowoomba are also nearing disconnection from the copper network in the coming months.
You can check if you are eligible to connect to the NBN by putting in your address on the NBN Co rollout map found at: nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map.****
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Notes to editors:
• As part of the Statement of Expectations released in April 2014, NBN Co is working to ensure all Australians have access to very fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices, and at the least cost to taxpayers. The Statement allows for the NBN to be built in the most cost-effective way using the technology best matched to each area of Australia.
• The rollout maps on the NBN Co website are intended to be an accurate picture of the state of the rollout as it stands today. The maps will be updated as the shape of future rollout becomes clearer.
• Areas within suburbs will have different switch off dates depending on when the NBN becomes available to their premises.
• Home and business owners who are scheduled to have their landline phone, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services disconnected have been sent letters from NBN Co with details about how to switch to the NBN.
• Homes and businesses that have an existing medical or security alarm systems should contact their alarm provider and phone company to enquire about their current system and how it will work over the NBN.
• NBN Co has also committed to finding a solution to connect complex premises, such as office and apartment blocks. A pilot began in December 2013 and in March 2014 internet service providers signed up. The first end-user orders for this pilot were recently received.
• NBN Co has also established a register to help support people who have medical alarm devices migrate successfully across to services over the National Broadband Network (NBN). Individuals using a medical alarm or alert (or a family member, carer or friend) can list a medical alarm on the NBN Co Medical Alarm Register by calling 1800 227 300 or completing the online form at: nbnco.com.au/medicalregister.
*Services not replaced by the NBN include some TransACT, OptiComm, some Telstra Velocity services and others. For a full list please visit www.nbnco.com.au/switchoff or call us on 1800 687 626. Optus cable internet services may also be switched off on a different date and existing customers will be advised separately.
**Residents and businesses who have special equipment that operates using a landline connection , such as a monitored security or fire alarm, EFTPOS machine, lift phone or medical monitoring device, should contact the supplier of the device or monitoring service for further advice on what needs to be done for it to work over the NBN. For more information visit nbnco.com.au/alarms
*** Due to specific in-building cabling requirements NBN Co is working closely with industry to develop solutions to migrate emergency lift phones and fire indicator panels. These services should not be connected to the NBN until solutions are available. A register has been set up to identify where these services are located and to support continuity of service for both lift phones and fire indicator panels.
****The rollout maps identify one or more areas where NBN Co has commenced building or intends to build the NBN. From the commencement of work through to when a construction area “goes live”, NBN Co undertakes a series of steps that may result in changes to the design of the network in the respective area, possibly involving the movement of the boundaries. NBN Co may update the map in the future in the event of boundary changes.