In a recent interview with reporter Sarah Ferguson on the ABC’s 7.30, Malcolm Turnbull has revealed plans for a large fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) trial involving the connection of a thousand premises to the NBN.

While the government is still in negotiations with Telstra for access to its copper network, Turnbull said that the discussions were “proceeding very well”.

Turnbull then went on to detail the progress of NBN Co.’s FTTN trials stating that 11 nodes had been set up on Umina on the Central Coast (NSW) and that a larger trial would soon begin.

“[We are] finalising the discussions with Telstra to do a big thousand-node trial and which will then roll into the full fibre-to-the-node rollout. So things are moving along very well,” said the Communications Minister.

The location for the trial has yet to be announced.

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