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NBN Co has revealed details of the first 140 suburbs set to receive fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology over the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The company released a list of areas where work is underway to bring the NBN to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in parts of the Central Coast, Newcastle, and Lake Macquarie regions in New South Wales, as well as the Greater Brisbane, Moreton Bay, and Wide Bay Burnett regions in Queensland.

This is the next phase of a national trial to test the planning, design, and construction of the FTTN technology which marries fibre optic cables with Telstra’s copper lines in a street side node cabinet to deliver fast broadband to homes and businesses.

NBN Co’s Chief Customer Officer, John Simon, said “Today’s announcement is a progressive step in our move to a mix of broadband technologies which are designed to help us speed up the NBN rollout across the country.”

“This means more than 200,000 Australian homes and businesses will able to take advantage of fast and reliable broadband sooner than expected, with these areas previously not earmarked to receive the NBN in the coming 12 months.”

“The early experiences of consumers and businesses on our trials demonstrate that existing technologies are capable of playing a vital role in delivering the NBN quicker, more efficiently, and more cost effectively for all Australians.”

NBN Co also announced that build preparation and construction work is underway to bring fast broadband to a further 37,000 homes and businesses across the country. This continues the momentum of the NBN rollout with work now underway to expand the network to more than 950,000 Australian homes and businesses. There are also more than a quarter of a million homes and businesses already connected to the NBN.

The maps showing the areas to be covered by the NBN are available online.

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