Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Senator Conroy and NBN Co Ltd CEO Mike Quigley have just announced Stage 1 of the large-scale rollout of the National Broadband Network and detailed which communities will benefit from the vital upgrade to Australia’s communications infrastructure.
The NBN fibre rollout will be completed or underway in 1/3rd of the country over the next 3 years.
This area contains over 3.5 million homes and businesses in 1500 communities in every state and territory.
At it’s peak there will be 400 work teams, some 16000 people in total employed in the rollout process.
The Prime Minister broke down the rollout numbers by state and teritory: 1000000 premises in NSW,
700,000 in Victoria, 680,000 in QLD, 430000 in WA, 330000 in SA, 65000 in NT and over 200000 in TAS.
The full list of localities where the network is up and running, where work is underway and where work is scheduled to begin before mid-2015 can be viewed on the Communities in the rolloutpage.
The expansion of construction follows the coming into force at the start of the month the milestone Definitive Agreements between NBN Co and Telstra.
The deal delivers value to taxpayers by enabling NBN Co to build the network faster and more efficiently than would otherwise have been the case. Access to Telstra’s existing infrastructure, such as its underground ducts and exchanges, will also reduce disruption to communities.
NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley said:
“This is a significant day for Australia’s digital future.”
“Construction contracts are in place and the major commercial and regulatory hurdles have been cleared, giving us the momentum we need to deliver better broadband to every Australian no matter where they live.”
“The NBN is not just about faster internet – it’s about an upgrade to the infrastructure that will underpin the delivery of vital applications that Australians will need over the coming decades. This is a great step forward in preparing our country for the future and helping to address some of its biggest challenges in healthcare, education and business.”