Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today joined NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley for the announcement of the first five sites to receive high speed broadband on mainland Australia, as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Senator Conroy said the first release sites would be used to test network's design and construction methods and would provide crucial information to assist in the roll out of the NBN.

"Today's announcement is another important milestone in the delivery of this historic infrastructure project for Australia," Senator Conroy said.
"NBN Co has chosen the first release sites based on a range of criteria such as demographics, climate, existing infrastructure and terrain, to ensure the physical roll out of the NBN is as smooth as possible.

"NBN Co will be using the first sites to test different construction techniques to suit different geographical regions across Australia. It follows comprehensive testing in its integration labs."

The test sites are:
  • A part of the suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne

  • An area of Townsville covering parts of the suburbs of Aitkenvale and Mundingburra

  • The coastal communities of Minnamurra and Kiama Downs south of Wollongong

  • An area of west Armidale, NSW, including the University of New England

  • The rural town of Willunga in South Australia.

Senator Conroy said the NBN would deliver high speed broadband to every premises in Australia, no matter where it was located, and it was essential that the roll out was planned thoroughly.

The NBN will drive major productivity and growth opportunities right across Australia and ensuring the roll out is successful is critical to getting this infrastructure delivered efficiently and successfully," Senator Conroy said.

Following the design phase, actual construction work on the test sites will be delivered in a staged roll out beginning in the second half of the year. NBN Co will consult with the communities about its plans during the design phase. It is expected that these communities will be able to receive high speed broadband services following the completion of construction early next year.

Senator Conroy said today's announcement would build on work already underway in the delivery of the NBN. Two weeks ago I launched construction of the Regional Backbone Blackspots Program in Mt Isa, which will provide the communication links that connect our towns, cities and rural areas to each other and the world," Senator Conroy said. The fibre optic backbone link will run from Darwin, through central and south east Queensland to Toowoomba, as part of the Government's $250 million program."

Senator Conroy said work in Tasmania was also progressing well. "Excitement is building in Tasmania with the first services to start being delivered to premises from July this year. "On Monday I announced details of the Stage 3 rollout covering 90,000 premises in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport. "The first release sites we are announcing today are a further step in the delivery of high speed broadband across Australia.

For more information on the first release sites, including maps, visit: www.nbnco.com.au">

1 comments:

At 06 September, 2013 15:54 Alex Martin said...


NBN in Brunswick is a big help to small businesses in rural areas. NBN users in Brunswick are more likely to use their home as a place of work, with 30 per cent of households reporting that their home is used as a place of business or for paid employment, compared to 15 per cent of both ADSL and wireless households.

 

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