nbn’s fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) service is now available to almost three quarters of a million premises, 12 months after the service was commercially launched. Almost a quarter of a million premises are also now activated on the NBN via FTTN.

The figures, announced by nbn, show 745,000 FTTN premises are now ready for service with 235,00 activated. Including figures announced for nbn fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) deployment, 854,000 premises are ready for service.

nbn Chief Network Engineering Officer, Peter Ryan, said, “We are delighted with the progress that we have made in the first year of our FTTN deployment.

“To have nearly 750,000 premises ready for service is an outstanding achievement and is a testament to the huge effort made by our team.”

nbn launched its first commercial FTTN services in Belmont, in the New South Wales Hunter Region, followed by Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Over the last three months nbn has made more than 100,000 FTTN premises ready for service (RFS) every month, and in the June–August period nbn activated an average of 40,000 FTTN premises per month – with nearly 60,000 FTTN premise activated in August alone.

“We knew that FTTN would help us get the nbn deployed much faster and get people connected sooner and with far less inconvenience, and that is exactly what is happening,” Mr Ryan said.

FTTN will play a crucial role in the deployment of the nbn with the latest nbn Corporate Plan showing that the FTTx technologies (including FTTN, FTTB and Fibre to the Distribution Point) could serve as many as 6.4 million premises on the NBN, representing up to 54 per cent of all premises covered by the network.

“There is still a long way to go but our great first year with FTTN gives us confidence that we can complete our mission of connecting eight million homes and businesses by 2020,” Mr Ryan said. 

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