25 August 2015

Faster NBN rollout continues in Corangamite

Work has started to deliver the NBN to around 2,100 more premises in Corangamite under a revised rollout approach that will save months in construction time and see the project completed nationwide years sooner and at less cost.

The NBN’s monthly update shows that pre-construction activities, for example readying pits and pipes ahead of the physical network construction, has begun in Point Lonsdale.

The new approach will see the upgrades accelerated throughout the country. The NBN will use different technologies where they are most appropriate, including fibre to the node.

In early deployments, this technology has delivered average download speeds of 91 megabits per second and upload speeds of 36 megabits per second.

Those speeds would enable a premises to run multiple high definition Netflix streams simultaneously, or use other bandwidth intensive applications such as online learning and telehealth consultations.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said today’s announcement demonstrates the Coalition’s plan to deliver the NBN sooner and at less cost to taxpayers is working.

“This week, NBN Co today released its updated 2016 Corporate Plan showing the company is on track to deliver high-speed broadband to all Australian homes and businesses by 2020,” said Ms Henderson.

“Under the current Government the performance of NBN Co, the company rolling out the network, has been significantly improved. Under Labor, fewer than two per cent of premises could obtain a service on the NBN.

Around 37,800 premises in Corangamite will be serviced by either fixed line or fixed wireless under the 18-month rollout schedule (see full list below).

Around the country, the pace of the NBN rollout has greatly accelerated, with more than 1 million premises now serviceable by the NBN’s various technologies, up from 275,000 serviceable premises at the time of the last election.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said careful planning and extensive rollout trials have allowed NBN to significantly speed up the construction process.

A new contracting model recently signed by NBN Co will reward those contractors who can demonstrate they can complete construction quickly while meeting specified levels of build quality.

“The great thing about the new approach is that we will see the benefits of broadband much sooner and services will remain affordable – avoiding the 80 per cent price hikes that were foreshadowed under Labor’s NBN project”, Mr Turnbull said.

The NBN recently reached the one million premises passed milestone. By September 2016, more than three million homes and businesses will have an NBN service in place or under construction.

25 August 2015

Fixed line: locations covered and rollout date (H = half, Q = quarter)
Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven: H1 2016
Anglesea: H1 2016
Apollo Bay:H1 2016
Bannockburn: H1 2016
Barwon Heads: Q4 2015 – currently in pre-construction
Clifton Springs: Q4 2015 – currently in pre-construction
Colac: H1 2016
Colac East: H1 2016
Curlewis: Q4 2015
Drysdale: Q4 2015 – currently in pre-construction
Elliminyt: H1 2016
Fairhaven: H1 2016
Indented Head: Q4 2015 – currently in pre-construction
Jan Juc: Q4 2015 – currently in pre-construction
Lorne: H1 2016
Marengo: H1 2016
Ocean Grove: Q4 2015
Point Lonsdale: Q4 2015 – currently in pre-construction
Portarlington: Q4 2015 – currently in pre-construction
Queenscliff: Q4 2015
St Leonards: Q4 2015 – currently in pre-construction
Torquay: Q4 2015 – currently in pre-construction
Winchelsea: H1 2016

Fixed wireless: active
Cape Clear, Dereel, Linton, Rokewood, Ross Creek and Smythesdale

Fixed wireless: construction pending
Barongarook, Beeac, Beech Forest, Cororooke, Cressy East, Forrest, Gellibrand, Swan Marsh, Warncoort West, Warrion Hill

Fixed wireless: planning commenced
Apollo Bay (outskirts), Barwon Downs, Batesford, Bell Post Hill, Bellbrae, Birregurra, Ceres, Deans Marsh, Drysdale, Gherang, Gnarwarre, Inverleigh, Lara, Leopold, Lethbridge, Little River, Lovely Banks, Marcus Hill, Meredith, Moolap, Moriac, Mt Duneed, Skenes Creek, Teesdale, Torquay East, Wallington, Winchelsea (outskirts)