news Launceston has become the first city in Tasmania to be declared ready for service on the NBN network, with all suburbs now “ready for service”, NBN Co has announced.
Claiming Launceston is now “one of the most connected” regional cities in Australia, the firm said its data indicates that around 40,000 suburban premises can now sign up for an NBN service in Launceston.
“The rollout occurs suburb-by-suburb – and for urban Launceston, all suburbs are now declared ‘ready for service’,” said NBN Co’s Corporate Affairs Manager Tasmania, Russell Kelly. “It means that residents and businesses in urban Launceston can contact a retail service provider and order an NBN service.
This “tremendous opportunity” for Launceston, she said, will open up the potential for “growth and innovation” for residents and business using NBN services.
“Declaring urban Launceston ready for service also marks the completion of a major rollout effort by NBN and its delivery partners,” Kelly added.
Meanwhile, the NBN continues to roll out across the greater Launceston area, and further into the north east of the state, with the continued building of fixed wireless towers.
Remote and regional areas in the north east can already access the NBN through services over the Sky Muster satellite service, NBN Co said.
The construction milestone comes just a week after NBN Co revealed that the network had now passed three million premises ready for service across Australia.
Just days before that announcement, NBN Co revealed that it had exceeded its “core” targets for financial year 2016.
“In FY2016 we reached significant milestones for our business, achieving 2.9 million premises ready for service and more than one million users on our NBN network,” said NBN CEO Bill Morrow.
According to Senator Mitch Fifield, Federal Minister for Communications, the NBN 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.
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