NBN switched on for 35k, 57k to go til June

NBN switched on for 35k, 57k to go til June

Summary: NBN Co's updated reported figures for the number of customers hooked up to the National Broadband Network (NBN) as of December 2012 show a steady increase in the number of users getting on board.


The latest figures out from NBN Co show 34,500 customers connected and using services on the National Broadband Network as of December 2012, but the company will have to exceed its own connection goal in order to meet its June 2013 goals and have an extra 57,200 customers on the network.

The figures, released today, show that in the last three months of 2012, 10,500 new customers connected to the network, up from 24,000 connected as of September and up from 13,600 as of June last year.

NBN Co said that of this figure, 6,600 are on the fibre in brownfield — or existing premises — while 3,800 are in new housing developments. A total of 23,100 are on NBN Co's interim satellite service, while 1,000 now are connected through the fixed-wireless long-term evolution portion of the network.

The service is available to 46,100 residents in brownfields, and 26,300 in greenfields. This means that NBN Co is seeing approximately 14 percent uptake in both types of premises.

The company aims to have 91,700 customers connected by June this year, with 54,000 on fibre and 37,700 on either satellite or the fixed wireless service. The fibre service should be available to 286,000 premises by the end of June this year, the company has estimated.

The company will be needing to add approximately 9,533 customers per month, or 316 customers per day (including weekends) to the network between January 1st and June 30th in order to meet its goal. NBN Co's corporate plan, which lists working days as 250 per year, estimates that in the 2013 financial year, 201 customers will be connected per day. At the peak of the rollout in the 2016 financial year, NBN Co predicts connecting an average of 6,083 premises per day.

NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley said that the results reflect progress in the rollout at this early stage.

"As can be seen by our targets, this rollout is not a linear progression, but a rapid ramp-up. We are targeting to pass more premises in the final quarter of the financial year than we will have passed in the entire project up to the beginning of that quarter," he said in a statement. "Additional construction resources will be added over the coming months to help achieve these targets."

The figures come as the existing copper network in a number of the early rollout locations is set to become decommissioned, and will be deactivated as of May 2014.

Earlier this month, NBN Co said it surpassed its 2012 target for the number of premises where construction work had commence or had been completed, reaching 784,600 instead of the target of 758,000.

In a blog post yesterday, Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull criticised the timing of the release of the figures, and suggested that NBN Co was still a long way off meeting its June targets. He said that NBN Co had expanded the satellite footprint to connect more customers, and was offering retailers AU$108 per customer connected to boost the figures in the first half of 2013.

The Australian reported on Saturday that retailers were being offered the payment to encourage their customers to take up fibre or wireless services on the NBN between now and the end of June.

NBN Co confirmed to ZDNet that the payment is a one-off and is "only available in limited areas where the trial is underway".

NBN Co declined to comment on Turnbull's statement.

The connection figures — which are rounded to the nearest 100 — are being released every six months by NBN Co.

Topics: NBN, Government, Government AU


Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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  • Mistake?

    "The connection figures — which are rounded to the nearest 100 — are being released every six months by NBN Co."
    I thought they released figures quarterly.
    • Nope.

      From the press release:

      "The release of the six-monthly figures"

      The figures that came out in September weren't done in the same fashion. Just mentioned in a speech.
      Josh Taylor
      • Ah

        I see, thanks. Never knew that.
  • Smoke and

    Why do we include subscribers to a re-branded satellite service.The NBN has very little to do with the existing satellite service AFAIK.Satellite Customers will only be true NBN customers when their own new satellites are launched with the mind blowing download speed of 12 Mb/s.
    It's currently like onselling Telstra/Optus etc DSL and calling them a NBN Subscriber.
    • Satellite

      The satellite service is NBN's. NBN Co are leasing satellite usage (from Optus I believe) until they launch their own satellite. It is not the same pathetic satellite service from pre-NBN, those people have been transferred over, the current interim service is 6 Mb/s.
      • Think what they would get ...

        With no satellites at all. If you're out of range of wireless, and a lot would be, the next step would be dialu*&%^

        *NO CARRIER
      • Satellite

        @Karl_w_w .I think it is the same service as Previously.My parents are on ABG Satellite service with a different carrier (Activ8) at Upto 6Mb/s.After 3 years they can request a change to a "NBN" plan which involves no change of satellite or equipment .There service is average at the best of times, however ,much better than dialup.
        • Satellite and Satellite

          The equipment is different from ABG to NBN, and I'm pretty sure ABG satellite topped out at about 1 mbps.
  • typo

    their own satellites*
    two of them
  • running commentary on

    numbers connected to the NBN is a bit boring. It is a concern though that most users are connected to services other than fibre. I guess wireless ( in all its transmission methods) cannot be that bad??
    Blank Look
    • Until Physics cuts in...

      AKA "if a lot of people use it for stuff like bitTorrent, then their individual bandwidth will be degraded"
      • ugh...

        Obviously don't know how it works.

        If everyone on the splitter at 100Mbps plan, and actually uses that speed - then you will get a slow down to a mere 78mbps.

        Otherwise you won't get your speed degraded.
        • He was talking about wireless

          As was I. And wireless degrades to a lot more than that. Over to you.
    • most on

      Most are on interim satellite because that was the fastest to be available (required very little actual rollout, only lease of satellite usage and putting dishes on people's houses). Fibre has 10 times more than fixed wireless (10,500 to 1,000).

      But the fact is the wireless and satellite are both subsidised by the fibre. Without the fibre being such a relatively cheap technology, the wireless and satellite rollouts simply couldn't exist.
  • Perspective please

    There have been over $300Mill of remediation contracts in the last year.
    Possibly an aspect that could be looked into

    Another is contracts , most specifically bundled contracts, this is a factor for the wireless as in rural as Telstra is the dominant in fact in many areas the only mobile provider. Mobile access and pricing are key factors rurally and most are on bundled plans which include land line and rental to provide “free” or at least cheaper mobile calls and the cheaper mobile data they also need. Telstra at this time does not offer NBN wireless plans untill mid 2013
    So with 4G bundled plans including land line rental there is a strong discouragement to switching to a NBN plan, lets face it Telstra is the major player in broadband at this time and we have lots of lovely new bundled 2 year contracts to access 4G and reduce costs of doing so.

    So oils aint oils Sol.

    A few players in this game each with their own goals and each acting in a manner that would be of best benefit for themselves, the only one that has any intent of what is best for the Nation and all of us going forward is the current government with their NBN being rolled out.

    I do understand everyones frustration, after all this is unfortunately political and ideological with strong financial vested interest aspects and we would love great figures, but as we are at the result of what commenced 12 months ago, in fact considering the factors they have in reality achieved very well at this stage of the rollout
    Posted on MT's site, but under moderation
    Abel Adamski
    • Cut off

      Missing first couple of lines, interrupted again

      A couple of relevant factors re the NBN report.

      Current passed/active is reflective of the Fans commenced 12 Months ago. Added to this is that the progression of Fans and completed is ENTIRELY DEPENDENT on the pits and ducts, this is Telstra Territory
      Abel Adamski
      • Hmmmm

        Abel Adamski