The rollout of the NBN has reached another key milestone, with five million homes and businesses now able to connect to retail services over the network.
The fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) deployments are driving the increased rollout pace with the two technologies now serving half of the five million premises able to connect to the NBN.
The NBN is being deployed faster than ever with an average of 250,000 premises made serviceable each month in 2017 so far.
Peter Ryan, Chief Network Engineering Officer at nbn, said, “nbn is very proud to reach yet another key milestone thanks to the outstanding work and pace set by the team at nbn and our delivery partners.
“nbn continues to demonstrate its rollout momentum with 140,000 services made available to homes and businesses across the country in a single week – the equivalent of lighting up Canberra – with five million homes and businesses in total now able to connect to retail services over the nbn network.
“We are building the nbn network and activating end users faster than we have ever done before and are currently making over 60,000 premises serviceable each week.
Rollout pace will increase further in the three months from April to June 2017 with nbn expecting to make another one million premises serviceable as it moves towards its FY17 target of 5.4 million premises ready for service (RFS).
Activations are also increasing with 2.2 million premises now accessing retail services over the NBN, with around 130,000 new premises signing up with retail service providers each month.
Retail services on the NBN are currently available to almost one in two Australians. The network is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-2018 and complete by 2020.