More than 3000 premises in some areas of Piara Waters and Harrisdale in Perth, and around 600 premises in Cervantes in Western Australia are now able to switch to the NBN.

nbn Western Australian Corporate Affairs Manager, Ebony Aitken, said with Australians expected to spend an extra 22 days on the internet this year than they did in 2014; it is exciting news for the locals.

“It’s really great news for residents and businesses, especially as using the internet has become part of our everyday lives and online multi-tasking is the new norm,” Ms Aitken said.

“As we move further into the digital age, fast and reliable broadband becomes more vital than ever in areas such as business, health, education, entertainment and leisure.

“Our love affair with the internet continues to grow and with the nbn’s adoption of a mix of technologies, we have been able to accelerate the rollout of the NBN network and get people connected faster.”

A recent study commissioned by nbn found that those with access to the NBN are the greatest internet users, and the biggest increase is people living in regional areas, accounting for 1.7 hours more per day, at home during the week, than they did before.

“Most of us are getting online when we open our eyes and before we go to sleep, while a quarter of us (28 per cent) hit the internet when we wake in the night. Almost three quarters of us (73 per cent) do it while watching TV, a third while cooking (34 per cent) and some of us have even confessed to being online on the loo (33 per cent),” Ms Aitken said.

Residents and businesses within Cervantes are able to connect to the NBN from October 2016 and now have 18 months to make the switch before most existing landline phone and internet services are replaced by NBN services.

Shire of Dandaragan President, Leslee Holmes, said it was very exciting for the community of Cervantes to now have access to ‘fibre-to-the-node’ technology which will provide faster internet service for users at home and for local businesses.

Along with Piara Waters and Harrisdale, more than 19,000 premises in neighbouring Perth suburbs are expected to be able to connect to the NBN within the next few months from October 2016 into early 2017.

These suburbs include Armadale, Bedfordale, Brookdale, Byford, Darling Downs, Forrestdale, Harrisdale, Haynes, Hilbert, Mount Nasura, Mount Richon, Seville Grove, Wungong and remaining parts of Piara Waters.

City of Armadale Mayor, Henry Zelones OAM JP, welcomed the announcement and said the much-awaited switch on would herald many new opportunities for homes and businesses in the area.

“Faster connections and downloads will go a long way to unlocking the full potential of our traditionally limited internet service,” Mr Zelones said.

“Piara Waters and Harrisdale residents have waited patiently for this service and I am delighted to see nbn being delivered to households and businesses in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. It will be great to see the new network helping improve business productivity and allowing faster access to online educational tools for our children.”

Fixed line construction also recently commenced to more than 10,400 premises in parts of Camillo, Roleystone, Kelmscott, Champion Lakes, Mount Nasura and Seville Grove.

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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