When Will The NBN Be Available In My Area?

When Will The NBN Be Available In My Area?

Just how long will you have to wait until the National Broadband Network (NBN) becomes available in your area? Find out with this up-to-the-minute list of expected launch dates.

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The NBN is not happening in a hurry. Right from when it was announced back in 2009, the build prediction was at least seven to eight years, and 2015 is often mentioned as a likely date for completion of the main network. So while we’re all happily brawling over details of the rollout and poring over the pricing that has been announced so far, the process is very far from complete.

In the list below, drawn from data from NBN Co, we’ve specified the first likely point when the NBN will be available in a given area. This is based on taking the date when construction work starts and adding 12 months, which is the rough approach NBN Co recommends. So take notice: it’s a best estimate, not a commandment written in stone. As such, there are two important caveats: it’s entirely possible that availability might happen earlier if construction proceeds well, and it’s a certainty that not every home in a given area will have availability on this date.

NBN rollout is happening in stages. There’s not a single switch-on date that covers all of a single town or locality, since network building continues after services have first become available, reflecting when fibre passes near your house. Plus, plans change with a project of this magnitude. You can get a better idea of the areas covered on the NBN Co rollout maps (note: link to big PDF file). (This list doesn’t include rollouts where NBN Co has done deals with developers to roll out fibre-based services throughout a given development.)

We’ll regularly update this list with new information as it comes to hand. Share ideas, corrections and thoughts in the comments.

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Armidale, NSW Kiama, NSW Townsville, QLD Willunga, SA Midway Point, TAS Scottsdale, TAS Smithton, TAS Brunswick, VIC

May 2012

Sorell, TAS Triabunna, TAS

July 2012

Deloraine, TAS St Helens, TAS

August 2012

Coffs Harbour, NSW Dapto, NSW Port Augusta, SA Port Elliot, SA Yankalilla, SA

September 2012

Jamberoo, NSW George Town, TAS

October 2012

Richmond, NSW Penrith, NSW Goodna, QLD Toowoomba, QLD Modbury, SA Prospect, SA Bacchus Marsh, VIC

November 2012

Darwin, NT Aspley, QLD Mandurah, WA

December 2012

Lidcombe, NSW South Morang, VIC Geraldton, WA

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January 2013

Blacktown, NSW South Hobart, TAS Launceston, TAS

February 2013

Sawtell, NSW Stirling, SA Applecross, WA

March 2013

Townsville City, QLD Casuarina, NT Aldinga Beach, SA

April 2013

Gosford, NSW Long Jetty, NSW Seaford / McLaren Vale, SA Ballarat Central, VIC Meadow Springs, WA Pinjarra, WA

May 2013

Kingston Beach, TAS Somerset, TAS Tullamarine, VIC South Perth, WA

June 2013

Strathfield (Homebush), NSW Nudgee, QLD Melton, VIC

July 2013

Riverstone, NSW Wollongong, NSW Strathalbyn, SA Melbourne City, VIC

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  • WA – Weird – Ignore the business districts and concetrate on remote suburbs and a few country locations. Mining boom here and we get crap all where we need to use it

    • Business districts/parks should already have fibre. I’m thinking Osborne Park, the CBD and Curtin’s Tech Park but there should be plenty of other locations.

      They’re starting out in Vic Park, South Perth and Applecross for the metro area. I guess that’s all feeding off the same point of presence. Unfortunately for me I’m not rich/lucky enough to live near there =\

      • South Perth had FTTH installed by Western Power when they installed the underground power. Can’t understand why they’re not buying it from the company that currently owns it.

      • The business part of Osborne park is probably well covered, but, as far as I’m aware, the options for residential aren’t great. I live in a small apartment complex, and there are no nearby exchanges, and the existing infrastructure is pretty full up. I had to work to get an ADSL capable line connected, and the speed topped out at around 3MB, since I was about as far from the exchange as I could be. Ended up switching to Vivid Wireless.

  • What’s with the 6+ month break from the rollout in Armidale to the next rollout? Oh, and the “rollout” in Armidale didn’t include all of Armidale either.

    Thanks for the half-assed job again Julia…

  • Awesome that we roll it out to people 7 people per town at a time rather than thousands in main areas.
    Possible rolling it out to places where there is a density and an actually requirement rather than a political one will mean it can be making money before it is finished? This it turn will mean people paying today will be funding rollouts tomorrow rather than a massive capex.

    • Agreed, there is so much controversy over the cost so why not roll it out to capital and metro areas initially where the uptake will be by far the greatest and have it start paying for itself sooner rather than later

  • Why leave out the ACT?
    Just buy Transact and get it over with.
    We have new suburbs going up at a great pace. Greenfield install means no inconvenience to people. Plus we have multiple suburbs that are pair gained.

    Service the cities first and start getting serious customer numbers.

    This Government is truly ridiculous.

    • Hmm… I wonder why that is?

      Labor aren’t going to let Liberal seats have first access to NBN considering how much opposition there is from them.

      If i were Labor i would make sure that Tony Abbott’s electorate is the very last site that the NBN is rolled out to.

  • There is no way this will be finished by 2015. North Brisbane was meant to be one of the first rollout locations and we have 2 suburbs being done up to 2013…

  • SA really gets only Prospect and Modbury the rest is just pure waste of $$$ with their low population majority of them would not even know what to do with that link…

  • Thanks for this list. I am signing up with bigpond to get ultimate cable in melbourne now. By the time they roll out nbn in my area, some new technology will replace nbn! NBN, what a waste of tax player money.

  • Give the Govt some credit. Rolling out to regional areas was always the plan – firstly Tassie and the bush is where fibre will make the most difference to people and therefore win votes, and secondly the rural independents made it a condition of their support that they do it this way. I don’t think it is particularly correlated to ALP electorates – the Nats hold a lot of the rural areas that are being rolled out first – although I don’t doubt it will help the ALP in Tassie in particular (and probably already did at the last election).

  • looks like VIC gets screwed over for almost two years before new areas are serviced by the NBN. looks like I will be waiting for almost 20 years before it finally reaches my area. it took nearly 5 years from the launch of adsl2 before I could finally get it (even then it was a piggy back on telstra).

  • I’m assuming this is going to ramp up over time? It seems rather, um, slow that schedule. I understand only doing a few sites at once to begin with in order to iron out problems and such, but surely they’ll have dozens of suburbs on the go at once when they start going full swing?

  • Can I just say, with no disrespect intended, that the new LH site is a shocker. It looks very current, etc, but the homepage doesn’t high-light the stories like the old one did. It doesn’t even work properly with all the white spaces where stuff either appears in various browsers but not mine (latest Chrome) – or hasn’t been completed it. Turn the old one back on please! I don’t come to LH to see CSS3 on show – I come to read stories – and the new site is making me less interested in reading them.

  • nice to see WA is basically ignored like usual. A couple of rural towns, 2 upmarket suburbs and Meadow Springs. I don’t even know where that is.

    How about rolling the NBN out to high density population areas first. Like, oh I don’t know, every capitol city for each state. At least it would reach 80% of Australia’s population faster. Sorry rural areas but that is the definition of a democracy. Rule of the many and the many live in cities.

    • I’m in WA. At home (a very dense central suburb) my dsl2+ syncs at 4mb. no other options available. At the office in subiaco, we get a whole 3.5mb down on dsl. We’ve just signed up for a $800 per month 8mb/8mb fibre connection.
      I want the NBN. I wont be getting the NBN any time soon.

      But what they’re doing makes perfect sense; supplying areas that, for various reasons, have terrible broadband access right now. If theproject gets cancelled after the next election, they’ll have done well at increasing the total broadband coverage.

    • I have a friends 200m from her nearest exchange and she can’t even get ADSL, whilst the new housing development behind her has full ADSL2+ Telstra see no point in cabling the street to be able to have ADSL2+

  • And that’s the plan for the next two years? At this rate by the time it gets fully rolled out, it will be in need of upgrading again. Right now im stuck on ADSL (about 1.5 Mbps) and Telstra have refused to upgrade anything because of the NBN. Heck we’ve had people complain to our MP and even he is trying to sort something out in the mean time, but nothing. Also network coverage here is appauling, but thats a whole new barrel of fish.

  • =/ still nothing even close to my area. I thought it was obvious we needed it since in one suburb we go from ADSL2+, ADSL1 to sketchy 3G wireless that can’t cope with the amount of people who need to use it 🙁

  • Noted that the Govt seems to be delegating out the NBN in WA in order of wealth required for living in that area. Many of these areas already have strong ADSL connections. Places in less wealthy areas are a mess of RIMs and congested exchanges.

  • Cant see my Suburb on here either but at least is happening. Couldn’t imagine too many Governments that would do something to benefit us all in the future rather than just the next three years.Cheers to those that look to the future rather than the next election.

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