The State Of The NBN In Australia’s Capital Cities [Infographic]

The State Of The NBN In Australia’s Capital Cities [Infographic]

The company behind the National Broadband Network (NBN) wants you to know that the project has finally reached the half-way point, with approximately 50 per cent of Australians now able to connect. If you’re still waiting for the NBN in your area, you probably want to know how this percentage breaks down in each state and capital city. This infographic provides some (but not all) of the answers.

These infographics are part of NBN’s latest public relations rollout – which has a much faster and better organised delivery schedule than the network itself. (Maybe they should put the marketers in charge?) Needless to say, the facts and figures contained in these graphics must be taken with a huge grain of salt: after all, they were specifically created to cast the NBN’s construction in the best light possible.

Nevertheless, they still make for interesting reading – especially when it comes to what’s missing. Apparently, people outside of the below states and cities don’t need to worry about the status of the NBN, as no additional graphics were released. Meanwhile, independent analysis by the Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity has discovered that areas of greatest socio-economic disadvantage overlap with regions typically receiving NBN infrastructure of poorer quality.

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  • If you plot the rate of performance degradation over time, it shows that they will be handing out old tin cans and string by the time they hit my neighbourhood…

  • Thankfully my suburb is not even remotely close to starting to build. By the time it is given the green light, this god-awful government will have been turfed out and we might get a full fibre connection, or at least fibre to the kerb.

  • We had four contractors install a fibre connection, they address basic Work Health and Safety very poorly. As most engineers would agree, any organisation who cannot manage basic WHS procedures, have failed to deliver an essential part of service.

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