Around 3300 premises in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network, with construction on the fibre-to-the-node network now underway.
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 residents in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek is clear – superfast broadband is on its way,” Senator Scullion said.
Final network designs are now complete meaning that in coming weeks, NBN Co subcontractors will be seen in the streets of Tennant Creek and in the Alice Springs suburbs of Braitling, Ciccone, Stuart, Gillen, The Gap, East Side, Ross, Sadadeen, the CBD and parts of Araluen and Larapinta laying out fibre and building cabinets to house the electronics needed to supply superfast broadband.
Today’s announcement is part of the Government’s ongoing reform of the NBN project, to ensure that superfast broadband can be rolled out sooner, more cost effectively and where possible targets underserved areas.
Speeds on the new network will allow high definition streaming on several devices at once.
Senator Scullion said that the project will provide much needed relief for the region, which has traditionally had poor broadband infrastructure.
“We have taken the steps to get this project on track after so many years of misinformation and frustration,” Senator Scullion said. “These upgrades will truly revolutionise the way people connect in their homes and businesses. It is vitally important Australia doesn’t waste another decade years waiting for gold-plated broadband upgrades.”
Once construction is complete, connecting end-users is simple. Households just need a new modem gateway to plug in to the faster speed.
Total connections to the NBN’s various networks, including the fixed line and wireless networks and the interim satellite service now stand at over 600,000. And earlier this year NBN Co released an updated national rollout plan indicating that by September 2018 three-quarters of all homes and businesses across Australia will be able to connect to the NBN or have construction underway in their neighbourhoods.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said the release of the redesigned NBN construction plan was delivering on the Government’s promise to get the 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 Fifield said.
The NBN will continue to update its online maps to inform residents when the network will be ready for service.
Households and businesses can also register their details at www.nbnco.com.au to be provided with future updates.
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