NBN rollout expands in Victoria


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 11,348 homes and businesses across seven regions in Victoria 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 regions and communities:

Region Areas Premises
Greater Melbourne Carlton (F), Cranbourne (F), Cranbourne West (F) 7,600
Bacchus Marsh Darley (F) 2,400
North-East VIC Wandiligong (FW) 193
South-West VIC Peterborough (FW) 220
Western VIC Pomonal (FW), Ararat (surrounds) (FW) 356
Wimmera Murtoa (FW) 455
South-East Gippsland McLoughlins Beach (FW) 124

Fixed Wireless = FW Fixed Line = F

This continues the momentum of the NBN rollout across the state, with over 44,260 home and business owners already connected to the network.* 

NBN Co spokesperson Trent Williams, said: 

“Thousands more families and businesses in Victoria are now a step closer to receiving fast, affordable and reliable broadband. 

“The NBN can open up opportunities for families and business owners to better 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 farms, homes and businesses in rural and regional areas, the rollout of the NBN will provide access to internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities take for granted.”

Today’s announcement follows the news of an additional 17,300 homes and businesses in Victoria which were added to the ‘build preparation’ phase of NBN Co’s rollout maps earlier this month. Build preparation takes place after the commencement of design phase (preparation of maps, surveying and rodding and roping) and ahead of the physical build (build commenced). 

The detailed maps showing the areas to be covered by the network are available at: www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map.***

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 www.nbnco.com.au/serviceproviders.

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Media enquiries:

Dan Chamberlain
0400 569 951
danchamberlain@nbnco.com.au

Frances Kearey
02 9927 4200
media@nbnco.com.au 

Notes to editors:

• The interactive rollout map now includes a more detailed colour-coding system to display the three phases of the rollout within a community: 

Measure Definition Colour code on the NBN map
Build Preparation Contractors are undertaking pre-construction activities to deliver NBN high speed broadband in this area, which may include readying Telstra’s pits and pipes for NBN Co use Green
Build Commenced NBN Co has issued contract instructions to its construction partners so they can commence work to deliver NBN high-speed broadband in this area. (Build Commenced boundaries are subject to change during the construction process) Brown
Service Available Premises in this area are covered by NBN high-speed broadband and services may be ordered and purchased from a telephone or internet service provider Purple

• 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 nbnco.com.au website.

• The NBN is replacing most of the traditional landline networks for phone and internet services, including copper and the majority of HFC networks. Services provided over existing fibre networks (including in-building, health and education networks) and some special and business services may not be affected. To find out if your services will be affected, please contact your current phone or internet provider.  For more information, visit www.nbnco.com.au/switch or call 1800 687 626. 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 www.nbnco.com.au/satellite for more information.

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

** 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.

*** 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.