Almost 22,600 homes and businesses in the Tamworth region will soon have access to faster and more reliable internet, with pre-construction works to deliver fibre to the node broadband to begin this week.
“Satellite is live here, fixed wireless is live here– but today we are launching fibre to the node construction work, where more than 21,000 premises will be able to connect by the second half of 2017,” Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said.
“Final network designs are done and soon you will see nbn subcontractors working to connect the area with new high-speed broadband.
“Crews are out, inspecting pits and pipes, to ensure full construction can begin in February next year where the fibre backbone will be laid and people will be able to switch on next December.
“By mid-2018, every Tamworth resident and business will be able to connect to a fast, reliable network. Today 43,080 premises in New England can connect, compared to just 12,250 the Labor Government left us with in 2013.”
Mr Joyce said these figures were an improvement on the nbn three year rollout plan released in October 2015 which forecast that by the end of September 2018 approximately 39,900 homes and businesses in New England would be either ready for service or under construction.
"Under the Coalition, the nbn is connecting more active users every month than Labor connected during its entire time in government," Mr Joyce said.
“There are 43,080 homes and businesses ready for service in the New England electorate and of these, 14,124 have an active nbn connection, with more on the way.”
Mr Joyce said the nbn will open up a range of new opportunities for businesses, allow students to learn and engage with classmates in virtual classrooms, and make it easier for people to stay in touch with family and friends online.
“Building will begin early next year to connect Calala, East Tamworth, Hillvue, Kingswood, Moore Creek, Nemingha, North Tamworth, Oxley Vale, South Tamworth, Taminda, Tamworth, West Tamworth and Westdale.
“Our roll out is helping keep broadband prices down because consumers were unwilling to pay for Labor’s high-price nbn.”
Homes and business in Calala, East Tamworth, Hillvue, Kingswood, Moore Creek, Nemingha, North Tamworth, Oxley Vale, South Tamworth, Taminda, Tamworth, West Tamworth and Westdale will be connected to the nbn using fibre to the node technology.
FTTN offers average wholesale broadband speeds of around 70 megabits per second (Mbps), with many premises able to access speeds of up to 100 Mbps. nbn will ensure that at least 90 per cent of the fixed-line footprint will have access to wholesale download speeds of 50 Mbps – allowing at least 10 home devices to connect to the internet simultaneously.
The Coalition Government is rolling out high-speed broadband across Australia in the fastest and most affordable way, with every home and business in Australia to be able to connect to the nbn by 2020.
As nbn construction is completed over coming months, residents and businesses will be able to sign up to an nbn plan with their chosen retail service provider, and will receive a new modem to enable high-speed broadband. A range of plans with various download quotas and speed tiers are available to suit consumer and business needs.
More information on how to connect to the nbn is available at www.nbnco.com.au