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NBN rollout expands in the Northern Territory

21 May 2014

The information in this media release was accurate at the date of publication. It may no longer be current and you should not rely on this information.

An additional 4,600 homes and businesses across the Top End in the Northern Territory are set to receive fast broadband.

The latest construction maps show the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be rolled out using fibre and fixed wireless technologies across parts of the following communities:

• Malak

• Karama

• Herbert

• Humpty Doo

• Howard Springs North

• Howard Springs


This continues the momentum of the NBN rollout in the Northern Territory with over 2,100 home and business owners already connected to the NBN.**

NBN Co spokesperson Justin Jarvis said more Territorians are a step closer to receiving fast, affordable and reliable broadband.

“The NBN can open up opportunities for families and business owners to participate in the digital economy. Fast broadband can help deliver improved access to e-health resources, online education, teleworking opportunities and entertainment on demand.

“For many homes, farms and businesses in rural areas the rollout of the NBN will provide access to internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities take for granted.

“To be one of the first in your community to connect to the NBN, check our website and call your preferred phone provider or internet company when it becomes available.

The detailed maps showing the areas to be covered by the network are available at: ***

On average it takes around 12 months from the start of construction until residents and business owners can access services over the NBN from phone and internet providers. A list of service providers can be found at


Media enquiries

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02 9927 4200 


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  fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices, and at the least cost to taxpayers. The Statement  provides 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.

• People who can order a service from their phone company or internet provider and want to make the switch to the NBN now should search ‘getting connected’ on the website.

• Home and business owners in the fixed line footprint who are scheduled to have their landline phone, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services disconnected on a particular date will receive letters from NBN Co with details about how to switch to the NBN. Services not replaced by the NBN include some TransACT, OptiComm, some Telstra Velocity services and others. For a full list please visit or call NBN Co on 1800 687 626. Optus cable internet services may also be switched off on a different date and existing customers will be advised separately.

• In fixed wireless areas copper phone lines will remain in place to provide a landline telephone service. Before the network equipment is installed for a fixed wireless service, a validation test will be carried out.   

• Premises which are unable to be served by fixed wireless may be able to receive NBN Co’s long term satellite service when it becomes available.  Visit for more information.

• Visit for more information


*Your experience including the speeds actually achieved over the NBN depends on some factors outside our control like your equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how your service provider designs its network.

**Premises activated as reported in the National Broadband Network – Rollout information weekly summary.

***The new 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.