NBN work delayed
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.