According to NBN Co, the Gungahlin cable is the first NBN fibre optic cable in an established urban area in the Australian Capital Territory. The NBN distribution fibre, which links an exchange at Mitchell to homes and businesses in the Gungahlin town centre and the suburbs of Amaroo, Ngunnawal, Franklin, Harrison, Mitchell, Nicholls, Palmerston and Watson.
“Today’s construction activity shows work is underway to provide superfast broadband to homes and businesses in parts of Gungahlin by the end of this year,” said NBN Co’s Darren Rudd. “The fibre hauling marks another important step in the rollout of the NBN, which is picking up speed in Australia’s capital city.
“Construction work has already commenced on rolling out the NBN to around 15,000 homes and businesses in the ACT, including 2,700 premises in parts of Gungahlin. And construction is set to have commenced or be completed for around 135,000 homes and businesses across the Territory by mid-2015.
NBN Co is aiming for construction in the Gungahlin suburbs to be completed during 2013. “Once a street has access to the NBN, home and business owners are able to contact their telephone or internet service provider to see how they can get connected to services over the NBN.”
Meanwhile in Tasmania work has started on connecting 16,000 homes around Launceston, in addition to the 8000 already connected. NBN Co says that all Tasmanian homes and businesses will be connected by the end of 2015. Tasmania, with its lower population and smaller distances, has been an NBN testing ground.