NBN Expected To Be ‘Almost 50% Complete By June 2017’

NBN Expected To Be ‘Almost 50% Complete By June 2017’
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NBNco expects to activate National Broadband Network (NBN) services across eight million premises in Australia by 2020. The company only has three years left to achieve this. After missing some rollout targets in the past and amid a wave of criticism, NBNco is pulling its socks up and expects the NBN to be “almost 50% complete by June 2017”.

NBNco’s 2016 results showed that it has managed to rapidly increase the speed of the rollout with 2.9 million premises able to connect to the NBN as of August last year. The company is now confident that it will meet its 2020 goal and expects to hit the halfway mark milestone this year.

Here’s what NBNco has to say: “By 30 June 2017, [NBNco] is targeting a total footprint of 5.4 million homes and businesses. The network build is accelerating, with 277,000 homes added to the footprint last month alone. The number of people able to connect will expand to 9 million homes by June 2018, with the end of the rollout then in sight.”

NBNco concedes that there will be more challenges as it ramps up the NBN rollout and move into high density metropolitan areas like the City of Sydney.

“As the [NBN] rolls out into cities we will be met with new problems to solve,” said NBNco CEO Bill Morrow said in a statement. “We understand there will be some disruption for residents and business owners as the 14,000 people working across [NBNco] and our delivery partners complete the task as soon as possible.

“The payoff will be worth it, with universal connectivity delivering health, commerce, education and lifestyle benefits to all Australians.”

A recent report from Akamai showed that Australian internet speeds continue to be terrible. Australia has slipped in global speed rankings and this was attributed to the current state of the NBN, which uses a multi-technology mix (MTM) design instead of being mainly fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), as it was in an earlier iteration of the broadband network.


    • Well.. they definitely delivered on the slower speeds they promised! Thank you Australian government for our sub par telecommunications network that will live Australia in the dust of most other countries!

  • “The payoff will be worth it, with universal connectivity delivering health, commerce, education and lifestyle benefits to all Australians.”
    Nearly fell off my chair laughing…. Then remembered would have to read on quickly before my fttn dropped for the upteenth time today.

  • That’s what happens when you buy the old HFC network and call it NBN, you magically get higher numbers. You hit the target dates but with a higher cost and lower speed.

  • Such BS. I can’t get ADSL2 in my town, but they are rolling out NBN to areas with established ADSL2 access ahead of us, just so they can say “Oh, look how many premises we connected, we are making such good progress!”

    Sure, if you define progress as providing a service in a high density area as opposed to providing an acceptable service in locales that are seriously lacking.

  • I’m always going to repeat this whenever NBN comes up.

    My suburb should have been more than halfway through rolling out FTTP under the original Labor NBN. With this FTTN (eugh) one, there hasn’t even been one SCHEDULED in my suburb yet, it is infuriating.

    Edit: Actually it has been many years since Labor had their NBN plan, I’m pretty sure it would have been completed by now.

    • I have the same story!

      Once FTTN is rolled out are they then going to and upgrade it to FTTP or are we just going to have to sit and watch the FTTN network degrade and wait for another government to push for new version of NBNCo to build a complete FTTP network?

      • Ugh, going to have to wait until FTTP is outdated and that is when Australia will push for it..

        I just don’t understand the majority of Aussies that voted for this.. it sure as hell isn’t “faster” by fact. “Sooner”, by what? a couple years? That’s hardly a long time for the quality difference between FTTP and FTTN. Cheaper? Things that are lower quality usually are cheaper.

        So “faster” was out from the beginning, now that “sooner” and “cheaper” have failed, I just can’t fathom the thought process of choosing this one over the other. It wasn’t logical from the start and now it makes even less sense.

        Those who have a conservative mindset literally can’t even say this is the “conservative” option anymore. Nobody wins in this scenario and it’s just sad.

    • SAME HERE! We were scheduled to have FTTP construction commence in November 2013. Sigh. Since then, the FTTN date has been wound back from November 2016 to now being “sometime in the second half of 2019”. I am *NOT* holding my breath!

  • After wanting NBN for so long I’m actually now hoping that I don’t get it until there’s a change of government. I’d love to see Labor get back in and bring back the FTTP technology.

    • I think Labor has already confirmed they will not be returning to FTTP, but willing to move NBN to a FTTdp, you can then pay to have the fibre run to your house after that, which should be a far cry cheaper than the current charges NBN are charging to upgrade to FTTP from the FTTN. About $1000 just for them to look at what it is going to cost for them to install fibre to your home.

  • Fascinating! When it was the “Labor” FTTP rollout, the significant number was always those who had CONNECTED. Now that it is the MTM Fraudband model, we shift to counting premises which have been *passed*; whether or not they choose to connect. Sigh.
    The elephant in the room is that you *MUST* switch to the NBN within 18 months of it passing your door, regardless of the connection method, or else end up with NO phone and NO internet. After that point, you have to PAY to connect to the NBN for landline phone or internet! So even if you are not interested in the NBN in any way at all, you *should* connect; as this is the only way to save any potential future purchaser of your property the hideous NBN reconnection fees. NB: NBN connected properties are selling at a significant premium; *doubly* so if they are connected by FTTP (fibre).

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