NBN plan 100,000 more fibre premises in NSW, Victoria, Qld, SA and WA


100,000 more premises around Australia will soon be able to access fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) on the NBN.

In October last year NBN Co announced more premises with underperforming fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) connections would get access to the faster fibre-to-the-premises.

“The company will progressively continue to select, design and construct new fibre extensions over the next two years and is aiming to pass around two million premises by the end of 2023,” NBN Co said.

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This will allow customers to get access to higher speed broadband plans.

If you have FTTN the best speeds you can practically hope for is up to 50Mbps. Telstra won’t even sell you access to a 100Mbps plan on FTTN because it knows you don’t have a realistic chance of hitting the speeds.

Last year NBN also announced it would introduce residential plans with speeds up to 1Gbps, but you need FTTP to deliver it.

NBN Co said the new installations have been chosen based on forecast demand and ease of installation.

“The company anticipates strong demand for higher speeds; where it can deploy with speed and agility; where it is cost-effective to start work now; and in a way that the investment is most likely to spread and multiply economic activity across the nation.”

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Here are the places in NSW, Qld, Victoria, SA and WA that will soon be able to access faster internet.

NSW

Campbelltown, Elderslie, Narellan, Maitland, Singleton, Tarro, New Lambton, Bathurst and Orange

VICTORIA

Deer Park, Sydenham, Berwick South, Cranbourne and additional areas of Narre Warren

QLD

Albany Creek, Ashgrove, Bald Hills, Ferny Hills, Robina, Burleigh Heads and Townsville

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Elizabeth, Gepps Cross, Salisbury and Golden Grove

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Girrawheen, Kingsley, Wanneroo, Canning Vale and Jandakot South

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NBN Co previously announced Belmont North, Charlestown, Toronto, Carramar, Castle Hill, Holsworthy, Liverpool, and Wetherill Park in New South Wales; Lyndhurst and Narre Warren in Victoria; Acacia Ridge, Browns Plains, Eight Mile Plains and Oxenford in Queensland; Osborne in South Australia, and Cannington and Double View in Western Australia would receive similar works.

But even if you live in those areas it doesn’t guarantee you’ll get fibre.

NBN Co is “engaged in consultation” with the retail service providers who sell you access to the network.

They’re working to “define the process by which eligible customers will be informed of, and can inquire about availability and express their interest in ordering a higher speed broadband service and acquiring a fibre lead-in to their premises”.

This means that your telco will most likely contact you to let you know if you’re able to connect to a faster service.

The plan is to eventually have around eight million premises, roughly three quarters of the fixed line network, on connections where they can access the highest available speeds by 2023.



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