Over the next three years, the NBN fibre network will have passed or commenced construction to more than 3.5 million homes and businesses, close to one-third of Australia’s premises.
The NBN is a nation-building infrastructure project that will deliver faster, more reliable broadband services to Australians at affordable prices. It will connect cities, regional centres and rural communities to each other and to the world.
The Australian Government has established NBN Co Limited (NBN Co) to design, build and operate the NBN. While many towns and cities will see the fibre network being built, NBN Co will be busy in rural and remote areas of Australia delivering high-speed broadband services via fixed wireless and satellite.
The NBN will provide access to high-speed broadband to all of Australian premises. It will connect 93 per cent of homes, schools and businesses to a high-speed fibre network capable of providing broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second (Gbps). Seven per cent of premises will be served by a combination of next-generation fixed wireless and satellite technologies providing peak speeds of 12 megabits per second (Mbps).
As of April 2012, construction of the fibre network is underway or completed in more than 40 communities across Australia. In March 2012, NBN Co released its first three-year national fibre rollout plan.
NBN Co has established a dedicated team to engage with communities and stakeholders throughout the rollout process. NBN Co will contact residents and property owners to explain connection options when the NBN rollout commences in their area.
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has developed a comprehensive community engagement program targeting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to be rolled out to selected regional locations around Australia with high CALD community populations.
This will involve the CALD program team running local community information sessions as part of a ‘roadshow’ component scheduled to visit 19 regional centres. Community agencies in a further 22 locations will host their own local information sessions as part of a community partnerships component.
NBN Co has released an interactive map showing rollout locations across Australia. Visit www.nbnco.com.au/rollout and enter their address to see the map and find out the latest details about when the NBN is coming to their area. You can also log in to nbn.gov.au for more details.