Labor releases national NBN maps: pics

Labor releases national NBN maps: pics

Summary: At a press conference in Perth today, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy released maps detailing the fibre, wireless and satellite footprint of the National Broadband Network (NBN).


At a press conference in Perth today, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy released maps detailing the fibre, wireless and satellite footprint of the National Broadband Network (NBN).


(Credit: NBN Co/Australian Labor Party)

Gillard reiterated in her statement that the NBN footprint had been extended to cover 93 per cent of the population.


(Credit: NBN Co/Australian Labor Party)

The maps see all major metro and regional population centres getting access to fibre to the home (FTTH) from the NBN, with others covered in the wireless and satellite footprint.


(Credit: NBN Co/Australian Labor Party)

Both the communications minister and the Prime Minister said in today's press conference that the NBN was being delivered on time, on budget and would pay for itself.


(Credit: NBN Co/Australian Labor Party)

In the press conference, Gillard highlighted that the NBN was an investment in Australia's future which would drive advances in the e-health sector.

NBN Tasmania map

(Credit: NBN Co/Australian Labor Party)

After a nine-month NBN roll-out, customers are going live on Tasmania's NBN. Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett and supposedly Communications Minister Stephen Conroy too have thrown their support behind an NBN opt-out system.

NBN WA map

(Credit: NBN Co/Australian Labor Party)

Gillard highlighted that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has said that he would scrap the NBN project if elected. The coalition is yet to announce its overarching ICT strategy in the run-up to the election.

NBN Victoria map

(Credit: NBN Co/Australian Labor Party)

Victoria is the state that will see the most FTTH infrastructure rolled out, if the maps are accurate.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government AU

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  • Now Julia, if only you would promise not to filter the internet in your next term of government (how about we arrange a random sample of Australians to get consensus on the issue as apparently that is the new way to do nothing while doing something) and you might get the hundreds of thousands of votes in the IT industry back for the good work you are doing with the NBN. But until the filter is off the table we aren't voting for you! Replacing Mr Conroy would probably also win you a few hundred thousand votes as well...
  • You realise if you don't vote for Labor you won't get an NBN at all?? Who cares about the filter?? Any monkey will be able to get around it. And as far as the consensus goes, you know as well as I do that it would come back in favour of the filter. The vast majority of mums and dads don't really understand the net, and will fall for the promise of a 'safe' internet.
  • Why is the credit for these maps "NBN Co/Australian Labor Party"?? The NBN Co should be distancing itself from the ALP at this juncture. These maps were produced by the NBN Co with taxpayer money.... they are not ALP property and they should not be getting any credit for them. Mr Quigley would do better to remember that Conroy may be history very soon. If the election doesn't get rid of him, another portfolio that suits his style and lack of technology experience hopefully will. There should be some openings with experienced ministers such as Tanner and Faulkner leaving causing the inevitable re-shuffle.
  • Remember a lot of this infrastructure is already in place and if you take that away these drawing will look way less impressive. Also 93% was announced some time ago, not at the whim of Gillard as some news services are trying to imply yesterday. Some slides I saw recently of a Conroy presentation gave the impression of 1200km of fibre already in place... but he failed to indicate that it was existing and nothing to do with being built by the NBN Co. Its unfortunate that Conroy and Co have brought dishonesty to the ICT industry and made it a political football.
  • PhillIT, I believe your comments would have much more credence, if your loathsome attitude towards the Labor party wasn't so evident.

    As such, your obvious bias is tainting and putting a question mark over everything you say.

    Regardless of how pertinent your comments may or may
  • PhilIT, 1200km of fiber is nothing compared to whats on these maps. There looks to be closer to 50 000KM of backhaul alone on there, let alone the hundreds of thousands of km's of fiber to go to 93% of all australian's doors. If you took away the existing infrastructure from that map, you would be left with pretty much that map.
  • Optic fibres for telephones were trialled for 10 years by Telstra in Melbourne and Telstra decided not to go with the technology and opted for wireless instead. Basically because the fibre was subject to damage too easily and continuing installation in a rapidly growing city like Melbourne meant that the price was too high compared to wireless. Why does the Government think it must have a one size fits all approach and insists that we must use it at the expense of Telstra shareholders and existing customers who want the security of a reliable system that continues to work during a power outage? Our copper telephone systems are reliable and still being run-out and installed in most parts of the world. The common disturbing factor is as PhillIT says the Labor Party which has a political agenda here rather than a market need. The Agenda is to be spending our taxes as fast as it can and to hell with the waste and whether anyone wants it. In Tasmania only 20% of people wanted it even when it was free. I challenge anyone to dispute theses facts. Oh and by the way, what happens to people outside of these map areas?
  • @Big Bill. Ignoring your idiodic ramblings in the first part of your comment, the 7% or so of the population who fall outside the red areas will get your beloved wireless or satellite. At the end of the day 100% of australians will be connected to at least 12mbps real world speeds.
  • Hear hear, most succinctly put DamainIT.

    As for Big bill, we'll take his 20% of Tassie NBN free takers on board, but the latest Big bill? In just 3 months, the NBN has apparently already signed 50% of Tasmanians to the NBN. So...
  • You realise if you don't vote for Labor you won't get an NBN at all - not looking good in the polls, you might get your wish to keep copper and s**t speeds lol
  • PeterIT; You realise that if it wasn't for Censoroy we actually could vote for the Julia. Who wants an NBN (or any other semi-Internet service), no matter how good it is, when it won't give you open, ubiquitous Internet? Who wants an Government managed Internet when it also delivers Government controlled proxy filtration; censorhip, automated tracking, centralised cross-referencing, spooks doing analsyis, etc. PLUS logging of every Citizen's communications?
  • I'm voting against Labour unlike at the last election and i'm quite happy to loose the NBN if it means getting rid of Conroy. His shear arrogance and the internet liberties and perfomance blocker he calls a filter is more than enough. There is little to be gained by the NBN for most anyway. I'm happy on 20mbits. You can dress dicatorial politics any way you want but at the end of the day the results are always the same.
  • DamianIT - Why is detailing a benefits of our existing copper network being 'idiodic'? (is that some sort of modern diode?)
    I'll retain my copper connection for a while yet thanks - at least while there's a well maintained central battery system at the other end designed to power my humble fixed telephone for some hours.
    While high speed internet is great fun for the domestic consumer - is it an essential service? Maybe other infrastructure or community and health services rank higher on a needs basis?
    Is anybody brave enough to predict the final demise of copper cable in urban Australia?
    Is NBN just the squeakiest wheel getting all the oil?
  • I thought 50% had only signed up to have it installed....... how many are actualy using it?
  • Government controlled internet blocking and filtering, censorship. Government laws to prevent association in certain groups (a la the bikers, by state labor governments in SA, Qld and NSW). Strange. I feel I am starting to live in some bizarre state controlled Orwellian world some where between Animal Farm and 1984. And this is Australia? More strange, all states and the Federal government implementing these laws are all labor based. Yep, I would really like an NBN, but at what cost to increased control by the state under the guise of the "nanny" state and the subsequent loss of freedoms. Yes, this should be 2010 and "moving forward", but reality is it's a move back to Europe of about 1938. Sorry, I prefer freedom over a state controlled NBN. Definitely NOT getting my vote.
  • The question of why do we have to have one shoe to fit all is an interesting point.

    Why do we need faster internet? I am assuming it is for video and games? Email, browsing, Social networking, distance education, Skype with video calls, Video conferencing and Youtube all work on the existing networks.

    Business' who deem they need more bandwidth for commercial reasons have a range of solutions to choose from on a cost benefit basis. Parents don't want their kids doing home schooling over the internet because they want to or have to work and school is the free baby sitting service.

    Austar and Foxtel provide a 1000 channel capacity digital transmission service that covers the whole of Australia. A business or goverment body could buy some capacity to get a lesson or training material beamed out. Existing satellite technology will allow you to handle video and transfer files.

    We ran a temporary office with five computers on a 3G wireless router for four months with little apparent slow down.

    Other than emotional argument from the pro camp saying we have to have it because we are behind the rest of the world and con camp saying it will cost too much I have seen little detail on the facts. I have to pay tax. It will cost more than $43 Bil, Government projects always do. Why are the trial users being subsidised. Would they sign up if it was not subsidised. Is it an accurate way to collect data on take up of the NBN? Why won't the NBN release the modelling that they are basing the costings on?
  • Senator Censoroy is part of a long line of ministers of all political persuasion who, being technically incompetent, receives advice from his less than smart department. I suggest putting a table PC near the water cooler so the Senator can read this blog while receiving advice. I find my 8MB copper service quite cheap and very reliable .
  • I will not be voting for Labor they have lost me due to the filter and the retention of data policy's, I do not care about the NBN I am in country NSW and will not be covered by the thing anyway, none of the partys give a rats **** about us country bumpkins so it is the greens and nationals for me.
  • Australians should be more mature, not to think censorship is limiting their freedom rather seeing it as protecting their childeren, You should be weary not becasue of this matter but because Interent service in Australia is one of the worst among the world including co-called second and third world. I start to lose my confidence in the australians. I thought they were bigger than worrying about trivial things in the edges while the disaster occurs in the core.
    My regards
  • I live in the country and it is just as I thought....I will die before we get 100mps stuff, but we get the way slower satellite connection forever. My package is 4gb per month for $65...that's right....4gb! But we will still contribute to the $5000 per household approx cost for lots of other people to enjoy the nbn if it eventuates :(