Tassie NBN 2nd release sites build begins

Tassie NBN 2nd release sites build begins

Summary: Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has welcomed the commencement of construction at the second release sites in Tasmania for the National Broadband Network (NBN) today, with construction commencing last month as scheduled, according to NBN Co.

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has welcomed the commencement of construction at the second release sites in Tasmania for the National Broadband Network (NBN) today, with construction commencing last month as scheduled, according to NBN Co.

Tasmania

NBN roll-out sites in Tasmania.
(Screenshot by Josh Taylor/ZDNet Australia)

In April, it was announced that Triabunna, Sorell, Deloraine, St Helens, Kingston Beach, George Town and South Hobart would be the next sites in Tasmania to receive the NBN, with the roll-out to cover approximately 11,150 premises.

NBN Co will be using a staged approach to construction between the five sites, which is expected to be completed in October. While construction was set to start at the end of May, Conroy only today welcomed the start of construction in Sorrell.

"The Gillard Government is getting on with the job of delivering enhanced broadband services to Tasmania, which has traditionally had the lowest proportion of households with broadband access," Conroy said.

The other stage two communities were set to start soon, except for Triabunna, where, NBN Co told ZDNet Australia, construction is already underway.

"Construction is underway in Triabunna after a period of make-ready work," NBN Co said. "Make-ready work has been underway in Sorrell for some time."

NBN Co is trialling a "network extension process" in the areas around the second release sites that would allow councils outside of the fibre footprint to pay additional costs to have fibre rolled out to them, rather than being served by fixed-wireless or satellite. However, CEO Mike Quigley has warned that the costs to roll out fibre to those areas may be prohibitively expensive for the councils.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government AU

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  • Good stuff. Come what may post-2013, Tasmania will have a very decent bit of coverage (the Stage 3 rollout to follow this one will cover most of Hobart, Launceston, Devonport & Burnie), which will position the state well to host all kinds of innovative companies and businesses. And kudos to the State Government for the opt-out legislation - the Victorian model of opt-in is lunacy.

    Now to plan my move...
    Gwyntaglaw
  • "Victorian model of opt-in is lunacy."

    I predict a bunch of Victorian dullards will still complain when the time comes. Most likely there will be an information campaign informing people that if they dont opt-in when it is free they'll have to pay if/when they choose to opt-in. "We are being forced to pay for something that everyone else got for free!" they'll cry. We'll say "but you wanted opt-in". Then they'll say "I was happy with the speeds I had on ADSL!" "So get the slowest fibre plan and save a few dollars" blah blah etc... bookmark this page.
    Hubert Cumberdale
    • Yes, and on and on it goes! I can only hope that as the rollout progresses, particularly over the next 12-18 months, that the amount of community awareness rises as people no longer see the NBN as a pie-in-the-sky proposition, but a tangible reality that is really coming.

      Certainly, Senator Conroy will not miss an opportunity to trumpet the arrival of NBN fibre in a new community as they are announced, and switched on.

      But at the same time, the Limited News press will keep pushing their diet of FUD and fiction, scaring and confusing people as much as possible.

      Fun times ahead!
      Gwyntaglaw
      • Indeed. The problem is these people are never going to be convinced, they thrive on drama and controversy not facts, look at the comments on The Australian regarding the NBN. You really have to wonder how some of them managed to press the "submit" button. They are all the same repetitive rhetoric eventually devolving into comments that have nothing to do with the NBN at all. It's obvious there is a bias here on what comments are picked and wouldn't surprise me if some came from the Liberal party HQ.
        Hubert Cumberdale