NBN Co releases three-year rollout plan


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.”

Image credit: NBN company


  1. Shouldn’t that read:

    “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.” the Liberal Senator lied.

  2. So another COALition lie exposed, they claimed there would be HFC in-fill but the 3 year plan proves otherwise:


    VIC Croydon Croydon Hills Croydon North Croydon South Kilsyth Kilsyth South Croydon 1000 FTTN H2-2017

    VIC Croydon Croydon Croydon Hills Croydon North Croydon South Kilsyth 18400 HFC H2-2018

    Looks like I’m in the 1000 Kilsyth homes getting FTTN’d instead of getting HFC – our ’88 era section of the suburb is surrounded by Optus HFC but we missed out because our section was built with underground power and PSTN.

  3. Years off construction time? They are not overbuilding HFC. If they continued with FTTH and left out HFC , they could have achieved same result. They are not constructing FTTH, they are using existing copper, so again they are misleading public. And besides a massive cost blowout, we are getting a far inferior network that will need overbuilding at end of construction. What a farce!

  4. Apologies if this comes across as a stupid question but does H2 on the plan mean the second half of the year ? My town, plus a couple nearby, are slated for H2-2017 which I assume means July – December 2017.

    All date subject to change no doubt :)

  5. When are NBNCo going to provide the construction finished and ready for service forecast dates by suburb/location?

    Or are the ready for service dates, forecast to be so close to the construction commencement dates that they not deemed worthy of publishing?

    If I’m buying an apartment off the plan, I’m much more interested in when I can move in than when construction is commencing. I’d also be wary of using a builder that is taking on too many other jobs simultaneously and at risk of having all or many of them taking a lot longer to finish (from start to finish), than I would have hoped for.

    How long will the HFC lead in fill ins take to be completed?

    How long will the wait periods be (up to) for HFC/FTTN orders to be processed, and professional or self-installs to be completed?

  6. A quick look indicates exactly zero FTTP deployments in SA and very few in Victoria. WTF!

    If the NBN are going to meet their FTTP target, something is going to have to change.

    • The FttP part of the network is based on the old Labor contracts … they were tweaked sealing of any further funding to allow of things like remediation of asbestos etc. As a result the P footprint has already shrunk 4% and well half of Tassie is now getting N instead of P.

      We have blackspot areas’ in SA that are meant to have been covered but sadly the contractors have run out of $$ so have stopped short of the actual (sub) area that has the issues. So some area’s that technically were fine on ADSL got P due to being closer to the FAN or whatever and the actual blackspot … still is.

      At least my area is only slated for after the election so voting labor has some minor glimmer of hope (and thankfully I’m not HFC).

    • This is unfortunate since even in my area in the country we were on the map then not on the map as getting FTTP.
      I have watched as towns larger and smaller receive fixed wireless and dreaded the day it came to town but this new schedule has made me a little happier as it shows us receiving FTTN which leaves the potential for upgrading later to FTTP.

  7. “But 25Mbps by 2016.” is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules ;)

    “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.”

    Yup that is thanks to Quigley and his crew and the real NBN Co getting fibre to 20% (sadly only half of Tassie … poor buggers … but they did vote them in)!

  8. Still not on the plan. Canberra’s southern outskirts are already an internet wasteland, now even more so.

    Lucky I have a great view of the Brindabellas.

  9. South Turramurra, Turramurra Warrawee: HFC H2-2017

    So in summary…
    By the 2nd half of 2017 the government/NBNco will
    get around to renaming my current cable connection (aka HFC),
    that I have had for the last 9 years,
    as being an NBN connection.

    10+ year old technology with a new name. No wonder MultiNBN is cheaper!

    • But it’s not cheaper. It’s more expensive, even if you ignore maintenance, the cost of the inevitable upgrade to FttP, and the cost to the economy that slower internet causes.

  10. My area, HFC H2 2016. Great, the HFC that slows to <5Mb of an evening (reason I stayed on ADSL2) will be further taxed. Great, I'll be forced onto a connection that gets less than my current 16Mb when I use it, in the evening.

    • I always avoided HFC when I was in the city.
      Although it has the potential to give its all to a single connection it must also split it when everyone is online so the real speed should be judged when it is being used during this peak rather than the off peak potential.

      • Telstra HFC was great when I had it up till moving in July, I really miss 110/2.5 mbs and find 12/1 mbps quite unproductive!

          • I feel your pain, I endured 4.5/1 for several years when I lived in Adelaide. The copper was rooted as I should have been getting 7-8 mbps (I worked for my ISP at the time so I had access to all the cable data).

  11. I am confused. I live in West Melbourne and according to the chart, my suburb is listed as to be supplied by HFC. Yet there is no HFC cabling in the suburb. What does this mean? Are they going to overhead cable, install HFC cable underground, or somehow get HFC cable to work on the copper? Hmmmm.

    • Yes this is the most interesting part, there are many suburbs near to me in Perth listed as getting HFC, but there is no HFC at all anywhere near here, so they’re planning on rolling out brand new HFC?

  12. Wow, amazing my area is listed for Q3-2016. Never mind the fact that we would have had fibre by now. We are the lucky ones who have the honor of get screwed “sooner”, so when it comes time to fix up this mess with a proper FttP rollout we’ll be placed last. My condolences to everyone else in the 3 year construction plan too.

    • H2-2017 for me to get get the same speed I already get … 12mbps – so in reality I have to wait around 4 years to find out the result of Node Lotto* in my area!!!

      *including 18 month transition time before NBN Co will turn on the full VDSL2 profiles!

      • I am lucky I am only 200m from the Telstra big green node which only does adsl1 so should be the same for NBN but do feel sorry for people further away or on crappy copper

    • oh yeah, almost forgot those dates are “commence construction” dates too, so who knows when they’ll actually finish.

      I do wonder though, all those espousing the “benefits” of the coalition clown patchwork plan before the election (who are mysteriously absent form Delimiter & Zdnet in 2015 for some odd reason). “Faster”, “sooner”, “cheaper” etc they told us. They were desperate for any thing, any little minuscule speed increase over their ADSL2+ connections and what-not but it looks like they wont be getting FttN any time soon either, so I wonder how they feel, do they feel betrayed? or is it now acceptable to wait even longer for slower speeds…

      • Or to mention someone with no name it’s still faster than FTTP and Cheaper.

        Except last known figures for FTTP say otherwise.

  13. I have to say was expecting something about the NBN to happen where I live becuase if the amount of Telstra cars all over the place in the last few months.
    But have been told most of the copper here is s***

  14. My sisters live in Pemulwuy NSW. It’s heartland western Sydney – basically next-door to Blacktown. It’s a smallish (~2700 dwellings) newish development, established around the time that Rudd was kicking-off the NBN (ie less than 10yrs ago). Because of the uncertainty at this time, Telstra installed the bare-minimum to get services established. Apparently this didn’t extend beyond basic telephone services. The nearest exchange is too far away to support a decent aDSL service, and there is no cable in the suburb.
    This has left my sisters reliant upon 3G and spotty 4G coverage (and the ridiculously quotas they offer).
    According to today’s plan, their suburb won’t start to get NBN *construction* until H1-2018.

    A new suburb, in the middle of Sydney, going for a decade without BASIC broadband access. Shameful.

  15. Has anyone checked yet to see what % fall under which political party since the last one was 75% coalition

  16. Sorry… gotta say it as succinctly as possible, in relation to “what Australia was promised from the current government pre election”…

    MTM is fucking hopeless…

    • Sorry that was a four word slogan which the government may not understand… so please just omit either the word is or the word fucking, so as to communicate with these retrograde imbeciles… thank ypu

  17. I’m apparently to get FttN by early 2016?

    Considering FttN was said to be faster and I was on the map to have had FttP well and truly already (even with the roll out lag)… I and thousands of others like me just in my area, and one would assume hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of others throughout the nation who are in the same boat, are actual proof that FttN is certainly not faster :)

      • Yes indeed Jason K, but I’m expecting an update form Mr Bill Trujillo Vodfail any day suggesting my FttN has been since updated to the new and improved cans and string because it’s more fiscally responsible ;)

  18. Cook, Macquarie in the ACT. Get nothing. Currently very poor copper. I get 5mbps when it’s not raining. My father gets 300kbps one street away.

    Inclined to agree with @renailemay ‘s assessment that Turnbull is Australia’ worst ever communications minister

  19. Thanks Malcolm, I’m getting the HFC I’m already on in 2016, which is later than the FTTP was originally going to be rolled out in my area.

    Sooner, Cheaper, Faster.

    Fuck you Turnbull. Fuck you Liberals.

  20. What a joke of a document. My suburb listed as fttn, when fibre has already been laid and pcds installed on houses. Is Malcolm going to come along and remove it all?

    • Considering just how backwards this government is and how farcical GimpCo has become it wouldn’t surprise me. It really wouldn’t.

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