nbn has kicked off 2016 by beginning work in Tasmania using fibre to the node (FTTN) technology.

Currently, more than 116,000 premises can connect to the nbn network, with over 54,000 Tasmanian premises having chosen to activate a service.

Construction is continuing in parts of Hobart and Launceston, as well as new areas including parts of Evandale, Devonport, Tranmere and Howrah.

Many more areas will begin construction in the first quarter of 2016, including parts of Bicheno, Burnie, Cambridge, Dodges Ferry, Exeter, Hobart, Legana, New Norfolk and Westbury.

The introduction of FTTN technology is a major factor in speeding up the rollout across Australia, including Tasmania.

The technology uses optical fibre to new nodes that are constructed in each neighbourhood, which are then connected to the existing copper telecommunications network to reach premises.

nbn continues to rollout fixed wireless coverage via a string of towers in regional Tasmania and in 2016 nbn launches access to fast broadband over the Sky Muster satellite – giving access to remote and isolated Tasmanians.

The construction effort is an important step toward the national goal of connecting eight million premises to the nbn network by 2020.

nbn Corporate Affairs Manager Tasmania, Russell Kelly, said, “This year every part of Tasmania will see nbn activity in some form. Whether it’s being connected or seeing construction start, or the announcement of new services via fixed wireless or satellite – all Tasmania is set to see the benefits of access to fast broadband.”

Mr Kelly said the nbn rollout in Tasmania will accelerate during 2016 as construction starts in the remainder of urban Tasmania, much of it through FTTN.

“FTTN is an efficient, fast and cost-effective way to build the nbn network. Putting network equipment in the street reduces the distance data travels over copper, allowing fast broadband speeds to be achieved,” Mr Kelly said.

“FTTN is generally non-intrusive as the existing copper network is used to connect each premises.

“The trials of FTTN in NSW and Queensland have delivered excellent results, with end-users   achieving fast broadband speeds.

“The rollout is planned to be completed in Tasmania by June 2018.”

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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