7.5 million homes and businesses have been added to the nbn’s rollout plan scheduled to start construction in the next three years.
The new plan covers the period up to September 2018 and for the first time includes the areas where nbn will use cable TV networks (HFC – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial cable), located mainly in metropolitan areas.
With HFC now in plan, a growing number of premises connected to Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and the successful launch of its first long-term satellite, nbn is well positioned to achieve its goal of connecting eight million premises across Australia by 2020.
nbn CEO, Bill Morrow said that they have “provided forecasts for the next three years of the build, including areas covered by HFC cable TV networks.
“It is exciting news for the suburbs and towns added to construction. Access to fast broadband can provide a range of benefits for homes and businesses such as improved opportunities to work from home, better access to online education tools and more options for on-demand entertainment.”
“Over the last year we successfully trialled new technology, renegotiated construction partner agreements, started connecting homes with FTTN and launched our new long term satellite.
“This is another big step toward our goal of connecting 8 million homes and businesses by 2020.”
These in-plan numbers are in addition to the almost 700,000 premises under construction and nearly 1.3 million premises that are already able to connect to Australia’s broadband network.. This brings the total number of premises across the country that will be able to order a service or be under construction by September 2018 to almost 9.5 million.
People are advised to check the likely technology and timeframes for building to start in their areas.
The full list of areas included in the plan, the technologies they are scheduled to receive and when construction is due to start is available here.