NBN work de­layed

Pilbara News - - News - Cally Dupe

The Pil­bara-wide roll-out of the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work has been de­layed by sev­eral months, but NBN Co says some house­holds will still be able to “switch on” by July.

In­stal­la­tion was set to start at some Pil­bara homes in the fourth quar­ter of this year.

How­ever, NBN Co has now re­vealed the Pil­bara will not see any work start un­til early next year after the com­pany re­vised its roll-out to 30,000 premises in the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara re­gions.

NBN Co spokes­woman Ebony Aitken said con­struc­tion had been stream­lined for con­ti­nu­ity.

“Due to the vast­ness of WA, we’ve aligned the sched­ule so we don’t need to de­mo­bilise and re­mo­bilise the con­struc­tion work­force,” she said.

“Some of th­ese ar­eas will also start to switch on from mid-next year and into early 2018, so ac­cess to fast, reli­able broad­band is just around the cor­ner for lo­cal res­i­dents within the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara re­gion.”

Tech­nol­ogy known as fi­bre to the node will be in­stalled in Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land, New­man, Ex­mouth, Parabur­doo, Roe­bourne, Tom Price, Point Sam­son, Wick­ham and Dampier, and will de­liver ac­cess to fast broad­band by run­ning fi­bre­op­tic ca­ble to a neigh­bour­hood node/cab­i­net, and from there us­ing the ex­ist­ing cop­per net­work. WA has the equal-low­est take-up of the NBN, with about 40 per cent sign-up from some 343,000 homes able to con­nect to the ser­vice com­pared to the 74 per cent na­tional av­er­age.

A high-tech truck with a huge dish on its roof toured the North West re­cently to show off the NBN Co satel­lite tech­nol­ogy Sky Muster. Cus­tomers will be re­quired to trans­fer their ex­ist­ing phone and in­ter­net ser­vices over to the NBN net­work within 18 months of the su­per-fast ser­vice be­com­ing avail­able.

The high-tech Sky Muster satel­lite truck which trav­elled through the Kim­ber­ley ear­lier this year.

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