news NBN Co has announced that passing of a “major construction milestone”, with over half of Tasmanian premises now being able to connect to broadband services over the NBN network.
The company said that both the recent launch of the Sky Muster satellite service and a “major construction surge” in 2016 has are responsible for the development.
“The construction effort in Tasmania is at its highest activity level of the build so far,” said Russell Kelly, NBN Co’s Corporate Affairs Manager Tasmania. “We are connecting more premises than ever before, and doing it more quickly than ever.”
“Most communities in Tasmania will see some form of activity from the NBN during 2016,” he added.
As of 30 June, 162,472 premises in Tasmania could connect to services over the NBN network “across all technology platforms”, NBN Co said.
Sky Muster satellite services – being made available where cable networks are not practical or commercially viable – account for another 17,000 Tasmanian premises.
In total, those figures mean around 58% of the NBN network is now complete in Tasmania, with the remainder now either in the planning stage or under active construction.
Tasmania now has 77,810 premises that have signed up for services over the NBN network – a 96% increase compared with the same time last year, NBN Co said.
In recent weeks, parts of Evandale, Howrah, Tranmere, Rokeby and Oakdowns have become the first places in Tasmania to receive Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology.
The fixed-line rollout is continuing in Hobart and Launceston, and commencing in areas such as Devonport, Tranmere and Howrah, Bicheno, Burnie, Cambridge, Dodges Ferry, Exeter, Legana, New Norfolk and Westbury, according to NBN Co.
The NBN’s fixed wireless coverage is also rolling out via a string of towers to regional Tasmania.
“The construction effort is an important step toward the national goal of connecting eight million premises to services over the NBN network by 2020,” the company said.
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