NBN com­ing in 2018

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Yar­ra­wonga and Mul­wala res­i­dents are ex­pected to get the highly an­tic­i­pated NBN fixed line net­work in the se­cond half of 2018 ac­cord­ing to NBN Co.

NBN Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Ad­vi­sor Kasey El- li­son con­firmed with the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle last week that con­struc­tion is planned to com­mence in Yar­ra­wonga and Mul­wala later this year.

Ms El­li­son said they are aim­ing to make the NBN fixed line net­work avail­able to about 7,300 homes and busi­nesses.

“It is ex­pected these premises will be able to switch to an NBN pow­ered plan between July and Septem­ber 2018,” Ms El­li­son con­firmed.

“They will join about 700 premises on the out­skirts of Yar­ra­wonga that have been able to take ad­van­tage of ser­vices over NBN’s fixed wire­less tech­nol­ogy since 2015.

“Many premises in the wider sur­round­ings are el­i­gi­ble to con­nect to re­tail ser­vices on the NBN net­work through the Sky Muster satel­lite ser­vice which has been avail­able from re­tail­ers to re­gional and re­mote Aus­tralians since April last year.

“Peo­ple can find out when they will be el­i­gi­ble to con­nect and reg­is­ter their de­tails to re­ceive up­dates by us­ing the Check Your Ad­dress func­tion at www.nbnco.com.au/switch

“For the first time in his­tory peo­ple also have a choice of speeds so I’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one to dis­cuss their spe­cific in­ter­net needs with their re­tailer and sign up for the pack­age that is right for them.”

The NBN fixed line net­work of­fers down­load speeds from 12 Mbps (megabytes per se­cond) through to a a su­per­fast 100 Mbps. For those peo­ple who have mul­ti­ple users and want to stream 4k high def­i­ni­tion video then higher speeds will be more suit­able.

Ms El­li­son ad­vised that when se­lect­ing a plan from a re­tail ser­vice provider peo­ple should keep in mind that 25Mbps down­load speed is con­sid­ered where “fast” broad­band be­gins. Re­tail plans based on NBN’s whole­sale 12/1 (12Mmps) speed tier are likely to be com­pa­ra­ble with the cur­rent ADSL ser­vice.

The NBN re­cently reached a sig­nif­i­cant roll­out mile­stone with six mil­lion homes and busi­nesses now able to con­nect to the fast broad­band net­work.

The NBN net­work is be­ing de­ployed faster than ever with an av­er­age of close to 100,000 premises made ser­vice­able per week over the last sev­eral months.

The net­work is more than half­way built and is sched­uled to be three quar­ters built by mid2018 and com­plete by 2020.

NBN Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Bill Morrow, said the pace and scale of this project is un­par­al­leled any­where in the world.

“Very few op­er­a­tors have built a net­work as fast as we are build­ing the NBN,” he said.

“The num­bers and the mo­men­tum are im­por­tant but con­tented end users are the key to suc­cess and we have ev­ery in­ten­tion of de­liv­er­ing on our plan of con­nect­ing eight mil­lion happy homes and busi­nesses by 2020.”

Con­struc­tion of the NBN fixed line net­work will com­mence later this year read for the se­cond half of 2018. The area in white shows where the fixed line net­work will soon be un­der con­struc­tion in Yar­ra­wonga and Mul­wala. The ar­eas in pur­ple in­di­cate where ser­vice is cur­rently avail­able through the NBN fixed wire­less net­work. When con­struc­tion com­mences these ar­eas will be shaded brown. To keep an eye on this go to www.nbnco.com.au/learn-about-the-nbn/roll­out-map.html

Con­struc­tion of the NBN fixed line net­work will com­mence later this year ready for the se­cond half of 2018.

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