Joint Media Release with The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Communications
Households and businesses in Katherine are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network, with build preparation work now underway.
In coming weeks, work will be visible in streets as pre-construction activity begins, such as the clearing of Telstra’s pits and ducts.
Around 3,100 premises across the Katherine township covering the suburbs of Emungalan, Katherine, Katherine East, Katherine South, Lansdowne, Uralla and Cossack will be connected to fibre broadband at the conclusion of construction.
The NBN will update its online maps in coming months to inform residents when physical construction of the network has begun, and when the network will be ready to connect telephone and internet services.
Detailed maps which show construction progress including green shaded areas for the ‘build preparation’ phase are available at: www.nbnco.com.au/maps
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said it was an important milestone for the area, with greater certainty for homes and businesses as they prepare for superfast broadband.
“The message for Katherine residents is clear – superfast broadband is on its way,” Senator Scullion said.
Under the Coalition Government, NBN Co has more than doubled the reach of its fibre network, now passing more than 730,000 premises nationwide.
Total connections to the NBN’s various networks, including the fixed line and wireless networks and the interim satellite service now stand at 395,000. Late last year NBN Co released a national rollout plan indicating that by mid-2016 one in every three homes and businesses across Australia will be able to connect to the NBN or have construction underway in their neighbourhoods. Work will begin to connect around 25,000 more NT premises over the next 18 months.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull the announcement of NBN Co’s new construction schedule was delivering on the Government’s promise to get the NBN rollout back on track.
“When we came into Government, one of our chief priorities has been to get this rollout done sooner, cheaper for taxpayers and more affordably for consumers” Mr Turnbull said.
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2015-04-20 Katherine NBN release.pdf