NBN Co targets 4 million premises by September 2017

NBN Co has said that the 'multi-technology mix' network will reach close to 4 million premises by September 2017.

NBN Co has said that it expects to have 3.97 million premises on the National Broadband Network (NBN) on fibre-to-the-premises, fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-basement, and fixed-wireless technologies by September 2017.

In addition to the more than 870,000 premises that can connect to the NBN now, the company announced on Wednesday that an additional 550,000 premises have been added to the construction schedule, with 3.1 million premises in total now scheduled to have construction for the NBN completed by September 2017.

The company is expected to update the rollout maps soon, but included in the next phase of construction will be Noosa, Mt Gambier, Whyalla, Bendigo, Docklands, Bathurst, Castle Hill, Broome, Hilton, and Bassendean.

Although the 870,000 able to connect already includes the interim satellite service coverage, NBN Co has not yet included the long-term satellite service in the 3.97 million figure. The first of the two satellites is due to be launched later this year.

Also excluded are the 3.4 million premises expected to be connected via the legacy Telstra and Optus hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable networks that NBN Co will acquire from the telcos in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

NBN Co expects to begin trialling customers on the HFC networks later this year, before a commercial rollout commences in March 2016.

An additional 550,000 homes and businesses across Australia are being added to the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

The quarterly construction update includes work already under way or planned to commence before the end of the September 2016 quarter, and covers more than 3.1 million Australian homes and businesses.

Communities added to the plan include Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast; Mt Gambier and Whyalla in South Australia; Bendigo and Docklands in Victoria; Bathurst in the New South Wales Central West and Castle Hill in Sydney's North West; and the township of Broome and the Perth suburbs of Hilton and Bassendean in Western Australia.

NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow said that the quarterly updates on construction released by NBN Co were designed to help retailers plan to offer services in those areas.

"Our job is to ensure that all Australians can have access to fast broadband as soon and as efficiently as possible. Homes and businesses across Australia will benefit from the nationwide upgrade to Australia's broadband infrastructure," he said in a statement.

"These quarterly forecasts enable our customers, the telephone and internet service providers, to start planning for the delivery of broadband services to these communities."

NBN Co on Tuesday announced that almost 2,000 premises could now connect to the network via fibre-to-the-basement technology. The aim will be to have up to 90,000 premises connected by the end of the year.