WA loses out in re­jig of NBN

North West Telegraph - - News - Nick Evans

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.

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