news The NBN company has revealed the areas that will have their National Broadband Network constructed over the next three years, including areas that will be connected to the network via the HFC cable rollout methodology.
In a statement issued this morning, the NBN company said the new plan (available online here) covers the period up to September 2018 and for the first time includes the areas where the NBN will use HFC cable networks, located mainly in metropolitan areas.
With HFC now in plan, a growing number of premises connected to Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and the successful launch of its first long-term satellite, the NBN company said it was well positioned to achieve its goal of connecting eight million premises across Australia by 2020.
nbn CEO, Bill Morrow said: “Today we have provided forecasts for the next three years of the build, including areas covered by HFC cable TV networks.”
“This is exciting news for the suburbs and towns added to construction. Access to fast broadband can provide a range of benefits for homes and businesses such as improved opportunities to work from home, better access to online education tools and more options for on-demand entertainment.”
“Over the last year we successfully trialled new technology, renegotiated construction partner agreements, started connecting homes with FTTN and launched our new long term satellite. This is another big step toward our goal of connecting 8 million homes and businesses by 2020.”
These in-plan numbers are in addition to the almost 700,000 premises under construction and nearly 1.3 million premises that are already able to connect to Australia’s broadband network. This brings the total number of premises across the country that will be able to order a service or be under construction by September 2018 to almost 9.5 million.
In his own statement, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said the NBN project had only managed to pass some 260,000 premises under the previous Labor Government.
“Under the Coalition, NBN has shaved years off construction time while still delivering superfast broadband of at least 50 megabits per second to 90 per cent of the fixed line footprint,” the Liberal Senator said. “For the majority of households this means the NBN will provide the same high speed and high quality service no matter what broadband technology is used.”
“Around the world, HFC networks are among the most commonly used means of delivering superfast broadband but astonishingly the previous Labor Government had agreed to pay billions of dollars to junk this infrastructure, which currently passes more than four million premises.”
“Today’s announcement is the third major milestone for the company in recent weeks following the introduction of the first commercial FTTN services at Belmont in New South Wales, and the successful launch of the Sky Muster satellite, which will deliver high-speed broadband in rural and remote communities.”
“More than 1.3 million homes and businesses can now order a broadband service over the NBN, and there are almost 700,000 homes and business in areas under construction.”
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