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First local NBN fibre optic cable installed in Dapto

31 July 2013

Superfast broadband a step closer for more Illawarra families

NBN Co today installed the first local fibre optic cable in Dapto as the rollout of the National Broadband Network widens across more parts of the Illawarra.

The green fibre, which links the Dapto exchange on Marshall Street to the local area, was hauled today in Byamee Street, Dapto.

“Families and businesses are expected to be able to start connecting to the NBN in 2014.

“Today’s fibre haul here in Dapto marks an important step in the rollout of the NBN in the Illawarra and marks one of the vital phases in the construction process,” NBN Co spokesperson Darren Rudd said.

“The construction today shows work is underway to build the network, which will provide super-fast broadband to Dapto.

“Construction work has already commenced on rolling out the NBN right across New South Wales, including more than 45,000 premises in the Illawarra.^ In Kiama the network now passes 6,500 premises where people can order services from 40 phone and internet service providers.

“In addition to the work underway to connect parts of Dapto and the surrounding suburbs of Horsley, Brownsville, Penrose and Kanahooka, work is in planning or construction in the following suburbs: Central Wollongong, West Wollongong, Mount Keira, Kieraville, Mangerton, Corrimal, Russle Vale, Bellambi, East Corrimal, Tarrawanna and Fernhill. NBN Co is aiming for construction in parts of these areas to be completed over the next 12 to 14 months.

“By mid-2016 construction is set to have commenced or be completed for more than 1.4 million premises across New South Wales.

“The NBN is being designed to provide the infrastructure 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.

“Once a street has access to the NBN, home and business owners will be informed and are then encouraged to contact their phone or internet service provider to see how they can get connected to services over the NBN,” Mr Rudd said.

NBN fibre plans based on 12/1Mbps or 25/5Mbps wholesale services* are available at a price less than you might think.##  To find out who they are, go to



Dan Warne

Mobile: 0421 027 293

Press Office

Phone: 9213 2313

^ Construction commenced means that NBN Co has issued contract instruction to its construction partners, so they can commence work on the detailed design, field inspections and rodding / roping activities in an area.

* NBN Co is designing the NBN to be capable of delivering these speeds to NBN Co’s wholesale customers (telephone and internet service providers). Speeds actually achieved by retail customers (end users) will depend on a number of factors including the quality of their equipment and in-premises connection, the broadband plans offered by their service provider and how their service provider designs its network to cater for multiple end users.

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