NBN Co unveils 12-month roll-out plan

NBN Co unveils 12-month roll-out plan

Summary: The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has announced the 12-month plan for the roll-out of the NBN today, which will see the network pass through 49 sites over the next year.

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The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has announced the 12-month plan for the roll-out of the NBN today, which will see the network pass through 49 sites over the next year.

The new work, commencing today and continuing through to September 2012, will see 485,000 homes and businesses added to the new high-speed fibre network. The full list of work for NBN Co over the next 12 months includes rolling out the network to 15 regional centres and suburbs in New South Wales, two in the Northern Territory (including Darwin), one in the Australian Capital Territory, six in Queensland, 10 in South Australia, 12 in Tasmania (including Launceston), seven in Victoria (including Melbourne City) and seven in Western Australia.

The full list of sites includes (new sites italicised):

ACT:

  • Gungahlin

New South Wales:

  • Armidale
  • Blacktown
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Dapto
  • Gosford
  • Jamberoo
  • Kiama
  • Lidcombe
  • Long Jetty
  • Penrith
  • Richmond
  • Riverstone
  • Sawtell
  • Strathfield (Homebush)
  • Wollongong

Northern Territory:

  • Casuarina
  • Darwin

Queensland:

  • Aspley
  • Goodna
  • Nudgee
  • Toowoomba
  • Townsville
  • Townsville City

South Australia:

  • Aldinga Beach
  • Modbury
  • Port Augusta
  • Port Elliot
  • Prospect
  • Seaford/McLaren Vale
  • Stirling
  • Strathalbyn
  • Yankalilla
  • Willunga

Tasmania

  • Deloraine
  • George Town
  • South Hobart
  • Kingston Beach
  • Launceston
  • Midway Point
  • Scottsdale
  • Smithton
  • Somerset
  • Sorell
  • St Helens
  • Triabunna

Victoria

  • Bacchus Marsh
  • Ballarat Central
  • Brunswick
  • Melbourne City
  • Melton
  • South Morang
  • Tullamarine

Western Australia

  • Applecross
  • Geraldton
  • Mandurah
  • Meadow Springs
  • Pinjarra
  • South Perth
  • Victoria Park

Speaking at a press conference in Wollongong, New South Wales, today, the CEO of NBN Co, Mike Quigley, said that the release schedule will be updated quarterly to include new site information, before a three-year construction roadmap is outed next year, which the company plans to update annually. The CEO added that the public information campaign for the NBN will also kick off early next year.

"Today's announcement represents the start of a major nationwide construction effort that should eventually see us offer National Broadband Network coverage to every one of Australia's 13 million premises.

"We'll be publishing regular updates about where precisely the NBN is being rolled out, and when it will reach each area. Public education activity, to launch next year, will also explain what the roll-out will mean for every Australian, how to connect to the network and why it is important that the nation upgrades its telecommunications infrastructure," Quigley said.

Quigley also announced that NBN Co is nearing completion on the contract that would see it begin work on the first stage of the national transit network.

"The next phase of construction will also involve the roll-out of the first stage of the transit network, which will connect the different fibre access nodes to points where the traffic will be transferred to service providers. In this first stage, NBN Co is planning to construct 149 transit links connecting 155 fibre access nodes, of which 30 are also points of interconnect. The company is nearing completion of a contract to build transit services over the next 12 months.

"To be completed over the next three years, the transit network is an important part of providing a National Broadband Network, and will assist the roll-out of fibre, fixed wireless and satellite services," Quigley said.

The NBN Co chief also announced that the company would begin supplying greenfield deployment information to telcos from today to assist in planning future network investment. Information available to telcos and retail service providers includes data on almost 5000 premises in 90 different new sites across the country where NBN Co is deploying fibre.

Topics: Government, Broadband, Government AU, NBN

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  • Anyone get their Christmas present early? Not me, though Strathfield is within cooee of where I live.
    Gwyntaglaw
    • While its not an EARLY Christmas present (doesnt get started until next July), I live within sight of the Wollongong exchange, so I'm a happy camper with this announcement.

      The Illawarra region needs something like this, its haemorrhaging jobs at the moment, so hopefully this will help stabilise things a little. Theres an instant IT workforce coming out of the Uni every year as well, which will help.
      Gav70
  • yet more content free announcements. here in Geraldton, WA we've had many announcements, ministerial visits, etc etc. good PR I guess. but still nothing concrete, like what areas are going to be covered and when. why are NBN adding more areas when they have no idea what they are doing with areas that were already on the list

    I used to think NBN was a good idea, but at the rate its going my great great great grandkids might be lucky to have an alternate to slow ADSL1.
    ianjdb
    • Ian, the map showing the first tranche of the FTTH rollout in Geraldton (2800 homes) is at:

      http://www.nbnco.com.au/assets/maps/geraldton-12month-rollout.pdf

      If you are not in this first rollout area, today's schedule shows that the map for a further 16,500 premises should be out in December 2011.
      Gwyntaglaw
      • I've seen the map. The map however is bogus as there are NOT 2800 premises in the region covered by the first map. As the the additional 16,500 premises I don't believe that either, as the population of Geraldton is only 35,000 !!! All I'm saying is it would be nice after all the hype we've been dished to have some honesty in what NBN is proposing to do.
        ianjdb
        • well... unless you are a sceptic or have obvious political bias (which I have found in 99.9% of nbn detractors), why would you automatically assume there is intentional dishonesty?
          Beta-9f71a
          • if the numbers don't add up i'm sure the opposition will do as oppositions do and hold them accountable...!
            Beta-9f71a
        • I find the amount of 2800 dwellings quite plausible. In typical suburban densities, you get around 700-1000 dwellings per km^2. A rough estimate based on the area would give around 4000 dwellings - but going on Google Maps, the density in some parts of the first release site is clearly less.

          The upshot is that the 2800 figure appears quite plausible for the amount shown. That's an independent estimate; but furthermore, despite your claims, there is no reason to doubt the figure unless you adopt the view, for reasons of your own, to assume that you are being deliberately misled on everything, including matters that CAN be independently verified, as I have attempted to do in rough fashion.

          Some of us who live in areas that are not identified in early rollout lists think that the residents of Geraldton may consider themselves fortunate to be on the early rollout for FTTP and fixed wireless. You may think yourself hard done by. I put it to you that you have no basis to think that in relation to the NBN rollout.
          Gwyntaglaw
    • ianjdb, strange rationale, imo.

      you bag the only hope you probably will ever have of receiving better than the substandard adsl you currently "enjoy"...!

      rome wasn't built in a day.
      Beta-9f71a
      • I've no problem iwth it taking 9 years, I'm just after some honesty ! Yeah I know politicians are involved so i shouldn't expect it
        ianjdb
    • "I used to think NBN was a good idea"

      Was this before or after you found out the NBN was a 9 year build? oh wait we've always known that so there are only two explanations for your comment 1. You haven't been paying attention. 2. You are just another paid shill.
      Hubert Cumberdale
  • Ah Gwyntaglaw

    "parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus" - because I know your Latin is not that flash allow me to loosely translate:

    "a mountain of labour to produce (what?) a dopey little mouse called Julia"

    As for you ianjdb I admire your confidence that your great, great, great, great grandkids will might actually see something tangible...
    Brianab
    • A translation so loose it would amount to a bare pass!

      And since we're on the classics, I thought I'd respond to your overtly cynical comments.

      The ancient Cynics were part of a movement that rejected all worldly trappings and benefits, adopting an ascetic morality and mocking all fashionable pretences.

      The modern Cynic can't even claim to have the moral high ground as their ancient namesake. Modern cynicism is a superficial outlook, where its practitioners pose and pander to the common taste for the negative, but try to claim an unearned virtue, and wish to be seen as clever, while they are merely, and reflexively, negative.
      Gwyntaglaw
      • Gwyntaglaw

        "The modern Cynic can't even claim to have the moral high ground as their ancient namesake. Modern cynicism is a superficial outlook, where its practitioners pose and pander to the common taste for the negative, but try to claim an unearned virtue, and wish to be seen as clever, while they are merely, and reflexively, negative."

        Very good - do you mind if I use it with, of course, attribution?

        Actually I'm not anti the NBN and the rollout of high speed broadband to the bulk of the population. What I've always struggled with is the FttH part of the model and the vast amount of taxpayer dollars it will cost to run cable down most back streets of Australia. Several massive new fortunes will be made by cabling contractors not to mention the decades it will take to actually complete the rollout. I'm no expert in the technology involved but even blind Freddy can see that at the rate comms technology is changing by the time even half the rollout to almost every home is completed (in 15 years time?) the way we use computers, mobile phones etc today will have completely changed and the thing we now call an iPad will be a museum piece.

        When we have such pressing needs for health care, homelessness, social welfare how can we justify building the most expensive broadband network in the world?
        Brianab
        • oh brian you have asked before and received detailed answers but refused to accept the answers as valid, so please...!
          Beta-9f71a
        • Australia's problems are largely the right ones to have. We are a rich country, living high on the hog from a resources boom, and yet why are we so terrified at the idea of spending money on infrastructure?

          It's the one thing that international observers can't understand about us.

          And if you are concerned about the health care needs being neglected, in the context of the NBN, please take the time to read this piece by Paul Budde, a very clever man whose expertise is sought out by governments around the world as well as the UN:

          http://www.buddeblog.com.au/frompaulsdesk/the-nbn-and-healthcare-depending-on-each-other/
          Gwyntaglaw
  • ah brianab,

    nothing like a sore loser. never mind... cue electoral forecast from political parrot.... about... now!

    ooh and since your english isn't too flash.. "tum podem extulit horridulum".
    Beta-9f71a
  • Since when is South Australia part of Queensland?
    SA_NBN
    • Yes, that does seem like a significant demotion. My sympathies!
      Gwyntaglaw
  • Ahh dear me, Tepco will get $9 Billlion dollars from the Japanese Govt (who are broke) to compensate citizens for the Fukushima disaster. This is 25% of the cost of the NBN infrastructure. The NBN is cheap. One can look at the history of the cost of telecommunications infrastructure and applying a cash-flow discounting arrive at the same conclusion; the NBN infrastructure is cheap. Then we have the cost-benefit analysis; again demonstrating that the NBN is a valuable platform for the future utility of Australians.
    The only fly in the ointment is having to deal with the legacy of the Telstra monopoly and the self-serving politics of the greedy, ignorant and self-serving. I admire your perservence Gwyntaglaw in responding to some of these comments. It is tiring to have to deal with some people.
    Robert Kennedy