NBN roll­out gath­ers mo­men­tum in Perth

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

MORE than 150 sub­urbs across Perth have been ear­marked for the start of NBN con­struc­tion in 2017.

As the NBN roll­out gath­ers mo­men­tum around the coun­try, many Perth sub­urbs will see con­struc­tion be­gin in ei­ther the first or the sec­ond half of next year.

NBN chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Mor­row said more than 300,000 premises in WA were now able to con­nect to the net­work, with 104,000 ac­ti­vated so far.

He said the com­pany ex­pected a 73 per cent take-up rate once the net­work had been rolled out across the coun­try.

“No mat­ter where you are, by 2020 you will be con­nected and you will have choices in terms of the speeds that you want,” he said.

Un­til now, 70 per cent of the roll­out has tar­geted re­gional ar­eas be­cause of a Fed­eral Govern­ment man­date di­rect­ing NBN to roll out to those ar­eas most in need.

Mr Mor­row said NBN would be rolled out to half of the na­tion by the end of this fi­nan­cial year.

“No coun­try has taken this on like Aus­tralia has,” he said.

“To do this in this time frame, to get things done by 2020, to do it with a mul­ti­tude of tech­nolo­gies and – most dis­tinctly – to do it to ev­ery home is like no other place in the world.”

Three-quar­ters of the na­tional roll­out is ex­pected to be com­plete by 2018.

The net­work is al­ready un­der con­struc­tion in Bea­cons­field, Cool­bellup, Fre­man­tle, Hamil­ton Hill, Hil­ton, Kardinya, North Coogee, North Fre­man­tle, North Lake, O’Con­nor, Sam­son, South Fre­man­tle, White Gum Val­ley and Wil­lagee and will con­tinue into 2017.

Bar­ragup, Coodanup, Dud­ley Park, Ersk­ine, Fur­niss­dale, Green­fields, Halls Head, Har­ris­dale, Man­durah, Piara Waters and Sil­ver Sands have been switched on.

NBN chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Mor­row.

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