More sub­urbs join switch

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Gareth McKnight

With claims Bal­divis faces a con­nec­tiv­ity “cri­sis”, NBN has moved to up­date the Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana com­mu­ni­ties on the lat­est news on the tech­nol­ogy in other sur­round­ing sub­urbs.

More than 23,000 homes and busi­nesses in parts of Safety Bay, Rock­ing­ham, East Rock­ing­ham, Hill­man, Cooloongup, Waikiki, Shoal­wa­ter and Peron can now ac­cess ser­vices over the NBN net­work af­ter the fi­nal area was switched on ear­lier this year.

An ad­di­tional 12,600 premises within parts of Wel­lard, Leda, Parmelia, Ber­tram, Medina, Naval Base, Ore­lia, Wat­tleup, Hope Val­ley, Kwinana Town Cen­tre, Cal­ista, Ca­sua­r­ina, The Spec­ta­cles and An­ketell can also con­nect to the NBN.

How­ever, some prop­er­ties may re­quire ad­di­tional work for home­own­ers or busi­nesses to take ad­van­tage of the tech­nol­ogy.

“We con­struct the net­work area by area and we pre­fer to de­clare the ma­jor­ity of premises in each area ‘ser­vice­able’ and able to con­nect rather than hold­ing the en­tire area back be­cause a small num­ber of premises may need ad­di­tional work,” WA Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Man­ager Ebony Aitken said. “Some premises can take a bit longer to con­nect due to a num­ber of rea­sons in­clud­ing com­plex con­nec­tions, new lead-ins re­quired to be built or en­sur­ing we can achieve the min­i­mum whole­sale speeds of 25Mbps. We aim to con­nect these premises as soon as pos­si­ble with the av­er­age time to con­nect these premises be­ing a lit­tle over six months.”

In the City of Rock­ing­ham’s south­ern sub­urbs and the City of Man­durah’s north­ern sub­urbs, work is due to start next year.

“Con­struc­tion of the NBN net­work in parts of Se­cret Har­bour, Kar­nup, Lake­lands, Port Kennedy and Warn­bro, cov­er­ing around 15,500 premises, is ex­pected to com­mence mid-next year,” Ms Aitken said.


Pic­ture: Sharon Smith

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