NBN rollout reaches 5 million premises milestone

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 31, 2017

"NBN continues to demonstrate its rollout momentum with 140,000 services made available to homes and businesses across the country in a single week - the equivalent of lighting up Canberra - with five million homes and businesses in total now able to connect to retail services over the NBN network".

While the politicians bleat and moan, the NBN team are getting on with the job at full speed with the broadband network now available in five million Aussie homes.

Further, the company expects the rollout pace to increase further over the three months, from April to June, with nbn expecting to make another one million premises serviceable in the period, as it moves towards a 2017 financial year target of 5.4 million premises ready for service (RFS).

"We are building the NBN network and activating end users faster than we have ever done before, and are now making over 60,000 premises serviceable each week", said NBN chief network engineering officer Peter Ryan.

"We are building the nbn network and activating end users faster than we have ever done before and are now making over 60,000 premises serviceable each week", he said.

Half of these premises are connected using either fibre-to-the-node (FttN) or hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable.

NBN plans to activate 8 million premises by 2020, with 11.9 million to be ready for service by then.

"While any large-scale infrastructure project will present its challenges, NBN is working with our partners to provide a positive experience on the NBN network for all Australians", the company added on Wednesday.

"As the NBN network rolls out into cities, we will be met with new problems to solve", NBN CEO Bill Morrow said at the time.

The low subscriber numbers could be an indication of the Australian public's general lack of knowledge around switching to the NBN.

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