Fur­ther de­lays for North Bur­nett NBN

NBN Co back­track on prom­ise to con­nect by Au­gust

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS | WELCOME - Macken­zie Co­la­han Macken­zie.Co­la­han@cnbtimes.com.au

FRUS­TRATED cus­tomers in the North Bur­nett have been left high and dry with many still wait­ing for high-speed in­ter­net that NBN Co promised to de­liver by Au­gust.

Roll out of the much-ma­ligned Na­tional Broad­band Net­work in the re­gion started in April, but fixed line con­nec­tions are still un­avail­able at many house­holds and busi­nesses in Gayn­dah, Mun­dub­bera and Monto.

Nearly 2300 premises in the North Bur­nett can now con­nect to the NBN fixed wire­less net­work, but 1900 are still wait­ing to be able to switch to the more re­li­able fixed line net­work.

These cus­tomers are now told it won’t be up and run­ning un­til De­cem­ber, or as late as April 2019.

The tech­nol­ogy be­ing used in these ar­eas is a mix of Fi­bre-to-the-Node and Fi­bre-to-the-Curb.

NBN Co’s lo­cal man­ager for Queens­land, Ryan Wil­liams, said un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances en­coun­tered by con­trac­tors dur­ing the in­stal­la­tion made de­liv­ery time­lines dif­fi­cult to pre­dict.

“FttC by its na­ture takes the op­ti­cal fi­bre far­ther into the net­work to the premises bound­ary than FttN,” he said.

“More civil works are re­quired as a re­sult, some known at de­sign phase, oth­ers un­cov­ered dur­ing the build phase.

“It is for un­fore­seen rea­sons such as this that projects may ex­tend be­yond our es­ti­mated com­ple­tion time.”

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