WA loses out in rejig of NBN
West Australians have again been left out in the cold as the national broadband network announces a major rejig of its rollout strategy.
NBN announced last week it would start deploying new technology, laying “fibre to the kerb” for an extra 440,000 Australian households, increasing the total footprint of the technology — which offers download speeds of 100mbps a second — to 1.5 million premises across the country.
But only a tiny fraction of WA households will have fibre rolled out underneath their footpaths. It is understood NBN will add only 30004000 WA households to its FTTK list — less than one per cent of the national total.
Only about 90,000 WA premises will be connected using the technology.
More than 60 per cent of WA households will be connected on the old copper network, fibre to the node, which offers comparable speed for a lucky few. Maximum speeds fall more than a few hundred metres from a node.
Perth will miss out because most of NBN’s network in WA is designed, under construction or delivered.