09 September 2017

NBN broadband on the way to Geelong’s 3216 suburbs

Construction of NBN broadband is now well underway in Highton, with delivery of the NBN to Geelong’s “3216 suburbs” scheduled for late December or January 2018.

This is a huge boost for residents in Grovedale, Marshall, Wandana Heights, Waurn Ponds, Belmont and Highton, many of whom have suffered with very poor internet.  Some families have even struggled to access an ADSL port such was the pressure on Telstra’s Belmont exchange.

Some 5,700 premises and businesses in parts of Grovedale (eastern section), Marshall, Waurn Ponds and the southern parts of Highton are set to receive the NBN by mid-November.

Over 19,000 premises and businesses in the remaining parts of Belmont, Highton, Grovedale and Wandana Heights will be ready for service by the end of December or January.

The message for residents living in the 3216 postcode is clear – superfast broadband is on its way.

Over 52,900 premises and businesses are now NBN service ready in Corangamite with 23,156 (44%) already active.  Many towns are already connected to the NBN – such as Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Barwon Heads, Bannockburn, Colac, Lorne, Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, Torquay, Ocean Grove and Winchelsea. Once the build in Geelong’s 3216 suburbs is complete, over 77,000 of the 82,500 premises in Corangamite will have access to the NBN.

In Geelong north of the Barwon, the NBN has been connected to 19,126 premises in Geelong CBD, Moolap, Lara, Leopold, Lovely Banks and most parts of the Bellarine Peninsula.  The full rollout of the NBN across Geelong will be complete by the end of 2018.

NBN will be connected to Geelong premises using fibre to the node (FTTN) technology. FTTN offers average wholesale broadband speeds of around 70 megabits per second (Mbps), with many premises able to access speeds of up to 100 Mbps.  NBN will ensure that at least 90 per cent of the fixed-line footprint will have access to wholesale download speeds of 50 Mbps – allowing at least 10 home devices to connect to the internet simultaneously.

Customers are urged to shop around due to a number of misleading claims by some NBN retailers about broadband speeds.  The Turnbull government and the ACCC have cracked down on these misleading claims.  Telstra and Optus have already been forced to refund money to thousands of customers as a result of misleading claims about broadband speed.  More details can be found here https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/national-broadband-network/broadband-speeds

The Turnbull government is rolling out high-speed broadband across Australia in the fastest and most affordable way, with every home and business in Australia able to connect to the NBN by 2020.

More information on how to connect to the NBN is available at www.nbnco.com.au

8 September 2017