NBN Co begins weekly rollout updates

NBN Co begins weekly rollout updates

Summary: Less than a day after removing existing rollout information from its website, NBN Co has begun publishing weekly updates on the status of the broadband network rollout.


NBN Co has begun publishing weekly updates on the status of the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), revealing that 35,000 premises have been passed by the fibre network since the federal election.

Late last night, the company removed all information about premises that could expect construction to commence in their area in the next three years, instead disclosing information only about areas where construction is already underway and areas that are ready for service.

NBN Co did not comment on the sudden change, but this afternoon announced that it would begin its shift from quarterly updates on the progress of the rollout to weekly updates.

As per the statement of intentions from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the update (PDF) now includes information on premises passed, and those that can't yet connect to the NBN, but are still counted as being passed, such as apartment blocks or shopping centres.

The company confirmed today that construction is underway for around 300,000 premises. NBN Co chairman Dr Ziggy Switkowski said that the move to weekly reporting would increase scrutiny on the project.

"The publication of the weekly metrics and clearer maps is a first step in providing for increased scrutiny and transparency of NBN Co and its activities," he said.

As of Sunday, NBN Co reported that there were 107,230 active services on the NBN, up from 70,100 at the end of June. A total of 62,242 of the 107,230 users were accessing the NBN over the fibre network, with 41,482 on the interim satellite service, and 3,506 on the fixed-wireless service.

Since the end of June, the network has passed another 107,864 premises, up from 234,799 to 342,663.

In existing housing areas, a total of 229,398 premises are now passed by fibre, up from 163,515 at the end of June, and from 206,214 on the day after the federal election in September. A total of 70,686 of those premises currently cannot order a service, but this is down from a peak of 73,506 at the end of September.

The NBN has now passed 66,551 new housing premises.

NBN Co said that variation in the data from week to week can come as a result of validation of address data, and said that the build has been impacted by mobilisation issues and the halt on duct and pit remediation as a result of the asbestos issue.

Topics: NBN, Government, Government AU


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  • Finally, there might be some honest information

    instead of misleading Labor lies and spin!
    • How do you come to that conclusion?

      What was reported in this article, now, under the Libs, are exactly the same numbers reported by NBN Co pre election, but somehow those previous figures were lies and spin, but now the same numbers are honest?
      What lovely rosey glasses you have.
    • stop the boats, stop FTTH

      with Tony & Co. less information the better lol
      Mark S-8ff5e
      • What the . . ?

        The Coalition said that they would stop the boats and they've almost done that.

        NBN will now provide significantly MORE information, not Labor's less.

        I've no idea what the f you are on about!
        • Really?

          "The Coalition said that they would stop the boats and they've almost done that."

          But the thing is, they actually haven't stopped the boats, and you have faith that they soon will. What they have stopped is any information on boat arrivals.

          "NBN will now provide significantly MORE information, not Labor's less."

          Let's hope so, so far they have provided less information.

          "I've no idea what the f you are on about!"

          Not surprised, you eat Liberal BS for breakfast lunch and dinner and things like reality can be very confusing.
          • Not sure here

            Before the website was updated, part of parramatta area was categorised as completed and ready for service (violet/blue?). After the update, it turns out only one new development has been connected and ready for service.

            I don't know about you, but I prefer the new status instead of the previous one.

            PS: I am very sure I don't eat Liberal BS, not nutritious enough for me.
          • And yet...

            I've seen fibre pulled through in the street I live in. I've seen all the remediation work, planning work, etc etc up to that specific stage. I've watched all the information around my service area, and it led to one specific outcome.

            My area should have been going live this month, and was listed as such. November 2013. Everything was in place, except that last pullthrough of the green cable.

            Except that Turnbull has deemed that construction hasnt started. 12 months of a 13 month build has been completed, yet we disappeared off the map. In fact, 30,000 homes expected to be NBN ready within the next 6 months disappeared in Wollongong alone.

            We're no longer on the map for the simple reason that I live south of an arbitrary line only 50m up the road, and because that last pullthrough of the fiber line hasnt happened.

            If the map is only going to reflect that final 2 week process, then its going to be more useless than the one it replaced. All it will tell you is what you should already know - your area is almost ready for fiber internet.
        • both sides spin rubbish.

          Yeah there is a reason they haven't been publicly saying they've stopped the boats, because 1. they haven't and 2. because the current policy is labors policy in place. not theirs with the exception of the military commander.

          That said stop the boats is a political tool used to win votes from the unintelligent masses in society who are scared that 10 to 20k worth of immigrants per annum might take all their jobs.

          As for the NBN it was shown in 2010 the coalition lost the election because of that, so rather than support it, they came up with something close, with a faster cheaper better slogan, the voters bought it and they got into power. Doesn't mean their solution is better, just mean they convinced voters to believe its better.
          Justin Watson
  • I prefer some progressive information

    For any project there should be progressive rollout and eta timelines in staged and completed segments. At least under Labor there was some indication of delivery times for certain areas and locations, even if these may vary due to asbestos or whatever.. Removing all information about the plan means there is no expectations and nothing to live up to, there is no longer any consequences for not delivering now. Providing an executive summary weekly listing number of residences the new cable is near or passed but not showing what areas or community groups are being (or about to be) provided a service is hardly an impressive event.