Con­struc­tion begins in north

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

The Pil­bara-wide roll-out of the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work has be­gun, with the start of per­ma­nent works in Kar­ratha this month mark­ing the first step of its con­struc­tion in the State’s north.

Re­gional NBN con­trac­tor WBHO In­fra­struc­ture last week started con­struc­tion of the highspeed broad­band net­work in Nickol, Mil­lars Well and Gap Ridge, fol­low­ing a de­lay of sev­eral months on the orig­i­nal in­stal­la­tion date.

Work on the fi­bre-to-the-node tech­nol­ogy will be com­pleted in the rest of Kar­ratha in coming months, fol­lowed by Wick­ham, Point Samson, Port and South Hed­land, Wedge­field, Roe­bourne, Dampier, New­man, Parabur­doo and Tom Price, be­fore mov­ing on to the Kim­ber­ley.

The roll-out will cover about 23,5000 premises across the Pil­bara, with the first ar­eas to re­ceive the ser­vice ex­pected to be switched on to­wards year’s end.

NBN Co WA cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager Ebony Aitken said con­struc­tion in the Pil­bara had been de­layed to stream­line works across the North West, with Kar­ratha be­ing the first lo­ca­tion.

“The start of the NBN roll-out in the Kar­ratha re­gion is re­ally ex­cit­ing, it’s the first area in WA’s north, ul­ti­mately sig­nalling the com­mence­ment of con­struc­tion through­out the Pil­bara, Kim­berly and Gas­coyne,” she said.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the NBN would bring sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to res­i­dents by sig­nif­i­cantly speed­ing up down­load rates.

“It’ll be ter­rific to have that, not only for busi­nesses but also for stu­dents,” he said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long and WBHO staff John Fen­nell and Deon Be­nade with a newly in­stalled NBN cabi­net in Nickol West.

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