The rollout plan for the National Broadband Network was updated again today, with thousands of new locations announced that should see the fibre network installed by June 2016. Is your suburb one of the almost 3000 places that have been added? Find out on our interactive map.
There’s a full list of the newly-added locations in the press release announcing the update to the NBN 3-year rollout plan. By June 2016, the NBN will have passed 4.85 million premises according to NBN Co’s current projections.
To make it easier to see the new sites in context, we’ve placed all the new location names on the map below. Zoom in to check it out, or search for specific suburb names in the search box.
Remember, these are the newly-added locations, not every single NBN-equipped premise under the plan at that date. You can check the details for specific addresses at the NBN site. It’s also worth pointing out that while the announced location names are new information, this doesn’t represent a modification of the existing NBN plan — it’s confirming more detail from the existing plan.
Whether the NBN actually emerges in this form will depend on the outcome of the September election. The Coalition has proposed an alternative format using fibre-to-the-node rather than fibre-to-the-premises, which would utilise existing copper lines for the final connection to households. That’s a potentially cheaper and faster approach but delivers lower speeds, involves uncertain ongoing maintenance costs given the highly variable nature of the copper network and will be more expensive to upgrade to higher speeds. Under the current plan, gigabit speeds will become available from December, though we don’t yet know pricing.
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