NBN hits three million premises milestone


news Just days after NBN Co’s announcement revealing that it has reached over one million active users, the Government has announced another milestone, saying three million premises are now able to connect to the National Broadband Network.

According to a statement from Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications, the NBN is “ahead of schedule and on-budget”, and is expected to be available to 5.4 million premises by 30 June of next year and over 9 million premises by 30 June 2018.

In just over a year, the Senator said, “almost half” of all homes and businesses in Australia will be able to order an NBN service – a figure that will rise to three-quarters of Australian homes and businesses in less than a year after that.

Additionally, there are now over 1.2 million premises with an active NBN service.

“This latest milestone shows that the Coalition’s multi-technology mix NBN rollout is the fastest, most affordable way to ensure all Australians can access high-speed broadband,” he said.

“Rolling out the NBN to more homes and businesses as quickly as possible will boost productivity and provide a platform for innovation to ensure the economic and social benefits of the internet are available to all Australians,” said the Minister.

With one in four Australian homes and businesses now able to order an NBN service, the national network is “opening up a wealth of new opportunities for education, economic growth and entertainment”, he added.

The Coalition Government’s Multi-Technology Mix (MTM) policy for the NBN brings together a number of technologies aimed to speed up and reduce the immense costs of rolling out the NBN.

However, rather than heavily relying on fibre to the node (FTTN) and revamped HFC cable networks, some commentators have said that a largely fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) NBN would better ‘future proof’ Australia as reliance on technology rapidly increases.

Back in June, founding NBN chief executive Mike Quigley launched a stinging attack on the MTM model, and demonstrated that the policy has set the NBN back years and resulted in overspending adding up to tens of billions of dollars.

Quigley – who led NBN Co from 2009 to mid-2013 – said it is “a pity that the Coalition has put their faith in what has turned out to be a short-sighted, expensive and backward looking MTM plan based on copper”.

“The nation is going to be bearing the consequences of those decisions for years to come in higher costs and poorer performance in an area that is critical to its long term future,” he said.

Image credit: NBN company


  1. Blah, blah, blah…

    Only the blinded, mindless faithful, believe the “ahead of schedule and on-budget”, rubbish.

    The rest of can clearly remember $29.5B/25Mbps for all Aussies by 2016.

    So Mitch was it a lie, mismanagement or were you guys just pulling our legs with a bit of mirth, pre-Sept 2013?

    • It’s funny Rizz when they where expecting 3.5m fttp connection by this year when the coalition took over. They would have easily smashed that if there didn’t switch to mtm.

      • It is extreme optimism to have any trust in Labor’s build targets, when they missed the targets every single year even after continual downward revision.

        • Lol and Mathew your fanboy mtm having to revised 3 times in one year let alone the all to have “min” 25Mbps by this year and 50Mbps by 2019. Or the SR saying 4.5m connected this year. But then it’s extreme optimism to expect anything from the coalition when there is snasdive change in cost and rollout on there targets but continue to say there is better lol.

          But then it was a national building to get us ahead of the pact but now with your support we will be 15 – 20 years behind.

    • The rest of can clearly remember $29.5B/25Mbps for all Aussies by 2016.

      133 days to go ;-)

  2. Not bad, lets look at the 4-week brownfield rolling average premises serviceable per week:


    Sadly weekly data wasn’t published under the “transparent” Quigley days so we start towards the end of his tenure (not that he was passing many anyway) and extend thru end CY14Q1 (earliest new management would have had an impact). Morrow’s numbers further spilt into pre and post FTTN launch.

    Trend lines clearly showing the massive comparative deployment advantages of MTM and the significant improvement post appointment of new management.

    • @ Richard…

      LOL… I did say – Only the blinded, mindless faithful, believe the “ahead of schedule and on-budget”, rubbish.

      And voila…

      Regardless, dare to ever address the 25Mbps @ 29.5B to all Aussies by 2016?

      I await *more crickets* or another desperately ridiculous link to something Richard baselessly blurted out in relation to the previous roll out, as Richard’s smoking gun.

      You do know your last link to ZD had your full name on it… and I suppose that was HC’s fault too was it?


      You’re welcome

      • What I find really funny with Richard after we pulled him up on that very nice Plateau on his graph he has now changed it show it doesn’t show it anymore lol.

        • What’s even more interesting (nay disingenuous) IMO JK, is his insistence to compare apples/oranges by never factoring or admitting NBNCo was a start-up/completely from scratch, whereas NBN™ has all of the groundwork and more in place, already done for them by NBNCo. All the current mob had to do was take the reins and introduce the ready to roll FTTN… but no!

          They pulled the reins hard and FTTN took 2 years (Richard in the De Lorean said 3 years – from Sept ’13 to Sept ’16, lol… yes we can trust his numbers) to commence.

          The funniest part is the MTM/Copper/political apologists, will never address the actuals of the current roll out – what was promised as fully costed/ready to go/to all by, vs the actuals… all they do is (as mentioned) cherry-pick the best of MTM omitting the worst and cherry-picking the worst of FTTP omitting the best, to try to justify the MTM debacle.

          But the actuals show, from what was promised – MTM has as much as doubled from $29.5B to (pick a number between $41B and $70B – depending who, if any, to believe) is 4 years behind schedule and those who have FTTN are not receiving a constant 25Mbps.

          If the apologists can refute these promised/actual numbers/details of the current roll out and not pussy-foot around whining about the previous roll out, which was halted in Sept ’13, then we await there argument.

          If they can’t (as they have already shown they can’t) then it’s clear that everything else they have the audacity to claim, is nothing but lies, BS or subservient waffle.

          • Don’t forget the figures that the SR claimed $41B 2.6M hfc connected this year.

            yes Richard new min is an up to lol.

            But then his claim of the counter factual as undefined and comparable to the mtm rollout was a laugh and he is supposed to be smart man lol.

      • @ Richard

        I asked…”Regardless, dare to ever address the 25Mbps @ 29.5B to all Aussies by 2016?”

        I take your perpetual avoidance (as I have asked many time now) of even acknowledging, let alone addressing my question… as a clear, no…

        You do not have any answer, hence your ridiculously partial, cherry-picked… Richard says “analysis lol”.

        You’re welcome.

  3. Meanwhile just across the ditch in New Zealand the figures (May 2016) show 46% of consumer and business fibre connections are now on speeds of 100Mbps or more, up from 25% a year ago and have seen average broadband connection speed across the Chorus network increase to 27Mbps, from 10Mbps in 2012

    Total New Zealand fibre connections grew by 135% in 2015

    FTTH take up in New Zealand is rapidly approaching one of the highest in the OECD.

    • Well, that gives incentive for people to move to New Zealand.
      I think their FTTP network also offers 100/50 speeds, rather than the 100/40 offered by NBN Co’s FTTP.

      • Nope. 100/20 unless you’re on a grandfathered 100/50 plan. You can however from a lot of ISPs get 200/200.

      • It depends on the provider.

        Some plans are listed at 100/20. Generally plans start at 30Mbps and can go up to 200Mbps with 100Mbps being the most common. Upload speeds are from 10Mbps to 20Mbps although there are plans with 50Mbps. There are some are synchronous plans available at 100/100

        After a competition run by Chorus some parts of Dunedin, dubbed as GigaTown, can get Gigabit. Fastest speeds available at 1000/500Mbps (not a typo)!


        Australia is continuously stuck 15 years behind and will never catch up with New Zealand or the U.S. There are very obvious reasons. Let me count the ways :-)

  4. The simplest reply to Richard is..

    ‘Your comment is invaild’

    Unfortunately for you Richard, you can only lie so many times before we just have to assume that everything you say is complete bullshit. Thats sorts of how that cause-and-effect thing works.

  5. Great job, NBN™!!! Malcolm should be knighted for saving Labor’s disastrous NBN from oblivion. What a fantastic turnaround in performance!!

    • Pity about those knighthoods…

      If only the faceless men hadn’t have mercilessly dumped Sir Tones – Captain blackshirt … LOL

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