NBN Co prepping 20 new mainland sites

NBN Co prepping 20 new mainland sites

Summary: Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said today that he was close to announcing the next batch of sites to be connected to the National Broadband Network, which will include a better spread of the nation than the first five sites.

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said today that he was close to announcing the next batch of sites to be connected to the National Broadband Network, which will include a better spread of the nation than the first five sites.

"We're very close to announcing the next 20 or so sites on mainland Australia where we will be connecting and the trucks will start rolling," he said today at an event to launch a new call centre in Sydney for Macquarie Telecom.

No personal considerations had gone into choosing the sites, according to Conroy.

"The engineers rule my life on this. They have a matrix of issues that are used to determine where we go," he said. The engineers considered factors such as whether or not people could get access to local council infrastructure or whether the council had existing duct space, according to the minister.

He did admit to twisting a few arms.

"I'll get in trouble for the next story but when they came to me with the first five there wasn't one in Western Australia. And I said 'Guys you know the N in NBN stands for 'national' and last time I checked Western Australia was part of the nation'."

    The construction work for the first five sites was beginning this month, he said. Those sites were:

  • Part of the Melbourne suburb Brunswick (around 2600 premises)
  • An area of Townsville covering parts of Aitkenvale and Mundingburra (around 3100 premises)
  • Minnamurra and Kiama Downs, south of Wollongong (around 2600 premises)
  • Part of west Armidale including the University of New England (around 2900 premises)
  • The rural town of Willunga in South Australia (around 1000 premises)

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government AU

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  • i hope this nbn does not favour citys over country. that is what is wrong with this
    country there is no major industries outside the coastal fringe other than farming and mining & oil/gas but no heavyer industrises and in this country it is not encouraged by
    federal or state/ local goverments if their not getting 300% profit out of rail/roads they are not interested and it all comes down to communications.
    bryon j bartley
  • Put one in the middle of Queensland. Barcaldine would be perfect :)
    josmond1
  • I believe they should be looking to leverage the assets they already have. This means the fibre that they have already put in the ground. Geraldton & Mt Isa would be an almost certain starters, along with the already announced towns in Tasmania.

    The need is truly in the country areas, so they should start rolling out along these links they are connecting.
    Mitsimonsta
  • So basically, the engineers who "rule his life" recommended the first 5 sites, probably based on good solid technical, logistical and cost benefit reasons.

    Conroy then wants their decisions changed for political reasons. Seeing as WA isn't in the top 5, he's a hopeless arm twister.

    Welcome to the reality of the NBN.
    Pachanga-4184c
  • I noticed that one of the additional 14 sites is right smack bang in the middle of the good Senator's electorate.... what a surprise, I would never have thought that this was his style....Then again he is a politician first and a Minster last.
    fernando6
  • So should the people in Conroy's electorate be done last, just because it's his electorate?
    RS-ef540