Australia’s second mainland National Broadband Network (NBN) site has been turned on this morning, with residents in the Kiama Downs and Minnamurra area south of Wollongong set to gain access to the high-speed network.
“Kiama is the second site on mainland Australia to launch the NBN and will enable trial users to receive a connection to our world class high-speed broadband network,” Communications Minister Senator Conroy said in a statement this morning.
Conroy referred to the event as “another key milestone” in the NBN’s brief history that will allow residents in the region access to “affordable, high-speed broadband.” “Today marks a significant milestone in the government’s vision to deliver affordable, high-speed broadband to every Australian home, business, school, and medical facility,” he said.
However it seems residents in the Kiama Downs and Minnamurra region aren’t embracing the NBN as fast as those situated at the first mainland trial site in Armidale, New South Wales, where more than 87 percent of residents have signed on to connect to the network. According to Conroy, “almost” 80 percent of nearly 2,350 residents in Kiama Downs and Minnamurra who will have access to the NBN have signed on to be connected, although it’s understood this figure unlike in Armidale doesn’t include businesses.
More prominent testing in the region will begin in September or October, although 10 users in the area have been connected joining the nearly 100 other Australians trialling the NBN so far on the Australian mainland.
After today, just three of the original five ‘trial’ mainland sites remain offline, situated in Brunswick in Victoria, Willunga in South Australia and Townsville in Queensland. The trial sites have allowed NBN Co, the organisation responsible for rolling out the nation-wide network, to test and adapt the way its network is designed, and to develop construction techniques to meet the often unique environments that the network is to be rolled out in.
Meanwhile work in Armidale connecting homes and businesses to the NBN is expected to be completed by the end of September, with a number of customers now trialling the network ahead of its completion in the area.
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