news The NBN has commenced construction work in Tasmania that will use fibre to the node (FTTN) technology to connect several new communities.
The introduction of FTTN technology is a “major factor” in speeding up the NBN rollout across Australia, including Tasmania, the NBN company said in a statement yesterday. The technology employs optical fibre connected to new nodes that are constructed in each neighbourhood. These are then connected to the existing copper telecommunications network to reach individual premises.
The NBN company had already begun work on its FTTN network in Tasmania. As of 31 December, over 116,000 premises are able to connect to the FTTN network in the state, with over 54,000 Tasmanian premises having chosen to activate a service, according to the NBN company.
Since New Year, construction has been continuing in parts of Hobart and Launceston, and new areas including parts of Evandale, Devonport, Tranmere and Howrah.
A large number of areas will see FTTN construction begin in the first quarter of 2016, including parts of Bicheno, Burnie, Cambridge, Dodges Ferry, Exeter, Hobart, Legana, New Norfolk and Westbury.
Additionally, the NBN is continuing to roll out fixed wireless coverage via towers in regional Tasmania, and will later this year launch access to fast broadband over the Sky Muster satellite, bringing access to more remote islanders.
The construction effort is an important step toward the national goal of connecting eight million premises to the NBN network by 2020, said the company.
“This year every part of Tasmania will see NBN activity in some form,” said Russell Kelly, NBN Corporate Affairs Manager Tasmania. “Whether it’s being connected or seeing construction start, or the announcement of new services via fixed wireless or satellite – all Tasmania is set to see the benefits of access to fast broadband.
The NBN rollout in Tasmania will accelerate during 2016 as construction starts in the remainder of urban Tasmania, much of it through FTTN, Kelly said.
He stated that FTTN is an efficient, fast and cost-effective way to build the NBN network because, by putting network equipment in the street, the distance data travels over copper is reduced and fast broadband speeds can be achieved. Furthermore, FTTN is generally non-intrusive as the existing copper network is used to connect each premises.
According to the NBN, trials of FTTN in NSW and Queensland have delivered excellent results, with end-users achieving fast broadband speeds. The company said the rollout is expected to be completed in Tasmania by June 2018.
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