Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield has announced that the first nbn fibre to the node (FTTN) services have been launched in Western Australia.

“The use of FTTN to deliver superfast broadband is an integral part of the Government’s multi-technology mix approach to the nbn, which uses the most appropriate technology to deliver the nbn sooner and at less cost,” Mr Fifield said.

nbn’s FTTN network uses the existing copper infrastructure already running into homes, which it says will enable it to speed up the network rollout, save on construction costs and reduce the time residents must wait for upgrades.

Member for Swan, Steve Irons said, “From Friday, the nbn’s superfast broadband will be available to around 7,000 homes and businesses in parts of Cannington, Wilson, Langford and Beckenham. Residents can now contact their preferred service provider to discuss options or place an order for a service.

“Around 19,000 more services will also be available shortly in Queens Park, East Cannington and additional areas of Beckenham.”

Today more than 161,000 homes and businesses can access the nbn across WA, and there are 76,000 homes and businesses already connected.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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