Work is underway to bring the National Broadband Network to 200,000 homes and businesses in NSW and Queensland, as a national trail enters a new phase, the company says.
NBN Co on Monday published details of the first 140 suburbs set to receive fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), which marries fibre optic cables with Telstra’s copper lines to deliver fast broadband to homes and businesses.
“This means more than 200,000 Australian homes and businesses will able to take advantage of fast and reliable broadband sooner than expected, with these areas previously not earmarked to receive the NBN in the coming 12 months,” NBN Co Chief Customer Officer John Simon said in a statement.
“The early experiences of consumers and businesses on our trials demonstrate that existing technologies are capable of playing a vital role in delivering the NBN quicker, more efficiently and more cost effectively for all Australians.
In total, 155,000 premises in 99 suburbs throughout Lake Macquarie, the Central Coast and Newcastle are expected to be covered by the NBN.
A further 89,500 premises in the Queensland regions of Wide Bay Burnett, Greater Brisbane and Moreton Bay will also get coverage.
The company says NBN construction has already commenced in and around Belmont in NSW with build preparation works underway in the other areas.
It takes on average 12 months from the start of construction until residents and business owners can receive NBN services from phone and internet providers.
The company says the NBN rollout is gaining momentum, with work underway to expand the network to more than 950,000 Australian homes and businesses.
There are also more than a quarter of a million homes and businesses already connected to the NBN.