Last week, NBN Co announced that they will extend fibre to an additional 100,000 premises and continue HFC upgrades as part of their $4.5 billion network investment plan.
We recently discussed NBN’s 240 Business Fibre Zones, this is part of that connectivity goal.
According to their recent press release, “NBN Co’s initial extension of fibre deeper into local communities will pass more than 100,000 premises in areas currently serviced by Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology. The company will progressively continue to select, design and construct new fibre extensions over the next two years and is aiming to pass around 2 million premises by the end of 2023.”
What Premises will be Serviced?
NBN are planning to extend fibre deeper into communities in selected metropolitan and regional areas all across Australia. These will be premises where NBN:
- Anticipates strong demand for higher speed
- Where they have established and existing construction and delivery partners
- Where they have an existing workforce in place to deploy these networks
- In cost effective areas where they can start work now
- And in a way that investment is most likely to spread and enhance economic activity across the nation
What does this mean for the communities?
This is the first step in NBN’s network investment program of $4.5 billion. One of the primary aims of this program is to make NBN’s highest wholesale speed tier available to around 8 million premises (or up to 75% of homes) by 2023.
NBN Co Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Rue, said:
“We are investing now and will be working hard in suburbs and towns throughout Australia over the next three years to make the nbn ready for the high-speed broadband needs and data demands of the future.
“More than 72 per cent of our fixed line network is already capable of supporting wholesale download speeds of 100 Mbps or faster, and new demand for higher speed services is emerging quickly as customers realise the social, economic and lifestyle benefits that fast broadband can deliver3.
“We have connected more than 950,000 premises to the nbn network this year alone, and there has been increasing interest from customers connecting to the nbn for the first time for plans offering download speeds of around 100 Mbps or better.
“Throughout 2020, as people have worked, studied and increasingly entertained themselves at home, approximately 55,000 customers have chosen to upgrade via their internet provider to plans offering download speeds of around 100 Mbps or better.
“We see this demand for higher speed broadband services accelerating in the years ahead as more people connect more devices within their homes, and we continue to automate our homes, which inevitably requires faster download and upload speeds and greater capacity to be built into the network.”
What does this mean for your business?
With more high speed options becoming available at a lower cost, now is an excellent time to start thinking about upgrading your business internet service.
Telstra Business Broadband NBN is a secure, high-performance internet service with exceptional availability and scalability. It is designed to support small to medium business operations and provide a consistent, quality experience for your staff and customers.
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