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NBN Co says broadband network rollout ahead of schedule, nearing completion Featured

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NBN Co, the operators of the National Broadband Network, is claiming an earlier than planned activation of connections to the network for more than seven million homes and businesses across Australia.

According to NBN Co the latest activation milestone means it has met its 2020-23 corporate plan target for 30 June 2020 two months ahead of schedule – achieving one million connections in the last six months alone.

The federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the importance of fast, affordable broadband delivered quickly has never been clearer than during the current COVID-19 pandemic”.

“Our focus on rolling out the network as quickly as possible means more than seven million homes and businesses are able to effectively learn, work and stay connected with loved ones as we all practice social distancing measures,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Since social distancing measures took effect at the end of February, NBN Co has connected around 300,000 homes and businesses to the network. Today there are 68% of existing customers and 80% of new customers who are choosing retail plans with peak speeds of 50 Mbps or higher.

“The Liberal National Government inherited a mess from Labor when we came to government in 2013, with only 50,000 premises connected to the fixed line network. Thanks to our work in turning the rollout around, Australians are well supported with access to fast broadband through this health crisis.”

The Minster said the network build is now more than 97%complete, with 11.2 million premises ready to connect, and the remainder on track to be completed this year.

He said NBN Co has added up to 40% extra capacity to retailer service providers free of charge since social distancing arrangements were put in place and is providing additional data for Sky Muster customers in regional and remote areas.

NBN Co also recently announced a $150 million financial relief package so internet providers can support families and businesses to stay connected during COVID-19.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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