The NBN’s first copper countdown is complete as 19,000 premises located in fifteen pioneering communities across Australia have been disconnected from existing landline phones, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services to complete the transition to the NBN.
The copper switch-off officially began on 23 May 2014 and included homes and offices located in the following areas:
- Armidale, Minnamurra and Kiama Downs in New South Wales;
- South Morang and Brunswick in Victoria;
- Townsville, Aitkenvale and Mundingburra in Queensland;
- Willunga in South Australia; and
- Deloraine, George Town, Kingston Beach, Sorell, St Helens and Triabunna in Tasmania
John Simon, Chief Customer Officer for NBN Co, said:
“These homes and businesses are at the forefront of the first nationwide upgrade of its kind to Australia’s fixed-line telecommunications system in more than 100 years.
“By the time the rollout of the NBN is complete, every home, business and community across Australia will have access to fast broadband, enabling us to participate more fully in the global digital economy.
“The overwhelming majority of people in the affected areas have made the switch to the NBN over the 18 months since the countdown began and are enjoying the benefits of fast broadband.
“Any family or business that is yet to make the switch can choose to place an order with their preferred phone company or internet service provider or they can stick with a mobile or other wireless solution. The choice is up to them.
“But we are working hard with the industry to ensure that no-one in these areas who wants the NBN is left behind.”
NBN Co urges the few remaining home and business owners who have not yet made the switch to contact their preferred phone company or internet service provider and place an order for services over the NBN as soon as possible.