Broadband rollout plan extends to nearly 5 million homes & businesses
More than 1.3 million premises added to NBN construction timetable
The company building the National Broadband Network today unveiled the names of the communities across Australia that are next in line to receive high-speed fibre optic broadband.
More than 1.35 million premises have been added to the rollout in the updated three-year plan. The plan adds almost 190 new towns and groups of suburbs, as well as more homes and businesses in areas covered by the previous plan.
This brings to 4.85 million the number of premises that will have construction commenced or where services can be ordered by June 2016.
NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley said: "We're getting on with the job of rolling out the NBN in every state and territory. Our plan is to deliver better broadband to every Australian over the remaining 8 years of this 10-year build."
A growing number of Australians are already beginning to experience the benefits of high speed broadband.
In areas where the fibre network has been up and running for more than 12 months, around a third of eligible families have already purchased an NBN package.
"Furthermore, a third of people with an NBN fibre connection have subscribed to the fastest speeds available. And households in the NBN fibre footprint are downloading around 50% more data than the average Australian broadband user every month^."
"The NBN enables the whole family to go online without the internet slowing down. People can work from home as if they are in the office and make video calls to family and friends reliably*," Mr. Quigley said.
"What's more, the price of NBN packages is competitive, and NBN Co has made an ongoing commitment to reduce the wholesale cost of broadband in real terms."
According to a recent study of the first release site in Brunswick, Melbourne, nearly half of existing NBN users polled said household internet costs were roughly the same since switching to the NBN, and 14% were paying less by using an internet phone service instead of a separate land line. Generally, those paying more were willing to do so to get higher speeds or larger download allowances[i].
The new locations were announced today at an event in Blacktown NSW to mark the connection of the first area of metropolitan Sydney to the NBN.
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Notes to Editors
For more detailed information about the rollout footprint visit www.nbnco.com.au/when-do-i-get-it/index.html. Areas shaded in green signify those places planned for construction up to June 2016. Click on the pin-drop for indicative timings.
- The rollout of the NBN follows a series of design principles that aim to deliver a high-speed broadband network in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
- These principles include first extending the network in areas where work has already begun; balancing construction across states and territories and between metropolitan and regional locations; and making use of available exchange and transit infrastructure as it becomes available.
- NBN Co does not charge consumers for a standard installation of the NBN to a home or business. Consumers should speak to their service provider to see if they have any other charges such as set up or activation fees. All Australian homes and businesses within the fibre footprint will need to access voice and internet services over the NBN as the copper telephone lines and cable telecommunications networks are progressively switched off^.
- NBN Co is rolling out the fibre network in a series of modules each of which passes around 2000-3000 premises. NBN Co will generally continue construction of new modules adjacent to existing construction locations until the entire fibre footprint in an area has been completed.
* End user experience including the speeds actually achieved over the NBN depends on some factors outside our control like equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how their service provider designs its network.
^ NBN download and upload usage based on sample analysis of actual daily network throughput representing the majority of NBN's end-users for the month of January 2013. Australian average download usage based on ABS average fixed broadband downloads/subscriber/month for the December 2012 quarter.
i Researchers at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology studied internet users in one of the first suburbs to be connected to the NBN - Melbourne's Brunswick, where residents were able to adopt the service from late 2011. The study, sponsored by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), looked at how and where people used the NBN, how much they paid, and their attitudes towards the network. See full report: http://accan.org.au/files/Broadbanding_Brunswick.pdf
New areas added to the three-year plan to June 2016
|Albion Park||Bankstown||Barham-Koondrook||Batemans Bay||Batlow|
|Edensor Park||Evans Head||Finley||Frenchs Forest||Gilgandra|
|Mona Vale||Moruya||Moss Vale||Murrurundi||Murwillumbah|
|Raymond Terrace||Shoalhaven Heads||Singleton||South West Rocks||Sydney Springwood|
|Agnes Water||Airlie Beach||Albany Creek||Ayr||Babinda|
|Bells Bridge||Booral||Bowen||Boyne Island||Burleigh Heads|
|Oakey||Proserpine||Rainbow Beach||Ravenshoe||Redland Bay|
|Sherwood||Sunshine Coast Caloundra||Sunshine Coast Noosa||Tin Can Bay||Toorbul|
|North Melb||Numurkah||Oakleigh||Point Cook||Portarlington|
|Ellenbrook||Esperance||Glenfield||Jandakot South||Margaret River|
No new areas are added for the NT or Tas as they are due to have works complete by the end of 2015.