Monday, 25 April 2022 10:49

NBN Co to provide fast download speeds to eight million premises by 2023


NBN Co is expected to bring Home Ultrafast, offering download speeds of up to 500Mbps to 1Gbps, to eight million premises in Australia by the end of next year.

NBN Co bared the list of suburbs and towns where additional 90,000 homes and businesses are set to benefit from the extension of fibre deeper into communities.

Customers served by fibre to the node (FFTN) are eligible to upgrade to fibre to the premises (FTTP).

To become eligible, customers will need to place an order with a participating retailer for a plan based on an eligible wholesale speed tier.

These include NBN’s three packages: Home Fast, which offers download speeds of up to 100Mbps; Home Superfast, which offers wholesale download speeds of up to 250Mbps; Home Ultrafast, which offers wholesale download speeds of close to 1Gbps.

So far, NBN Co has identified hundreds of suburbs and towns across Australia where almost 1.7 million premises, out of two million premises that will be identified, will become eligible for full fibre upgrades.

On 22 March, NBN Co announced that the first 50,000 customers currently served by FTTN will be eligible to upgrade to FTTP.

This year NBN Co is planning to enable around 60,000 FTTN premises to be made ready to order higher speed services per month, on average, with a target of making an additional 230,000 FTTN premises eligible to upgrade by 30 June 2022 and approximately 600,000 FTTN premises to be eligible by 31 December 2022.

To find out if their premises may be eligible to upgrade from FTTN to FTTP, customers are invited to register for updates The website includes links to participating retailers.

The fibre extensions announced today include eligible premises in parts of the following suburbs and towns.

New South Wales: Byron Bay, Albury, Berowra, Blue Haven, Calala, Cardiff South, Charlestown, Dubbo, East Ballina, Kanwal, Kincumber, Kingscliff, Macquarie Hills, Port Macquarie, Rutherford, Shellharbour, Suffolk Park, Watanobi, Wauchope, West Tamworth, Wyong

Victoria: Herne Hill, Highton, Horsham, Kyabram, Lara, Mildura, North Wonthaggi, Pakenham, Queenscliff, Roxburgh Park, Warragul, West Wodonga, Wodonga

Queensland: Glenvale, Newport, Norman Gardens, Palmwoods, Petrie, Wurtulla

South Australia: Littlehampton, Nairne

Western Australia: Attadale, Canning Vale, Halls Head, Wannanup

“After rolling out the network at pace, we are turning our attention and investment towards improving access to fibre upgrades on FTTN and FTTC,” says NBN Co chief operating officer Kathrine Dyer.

“We have so far identified the suburbs and towns across Australia where customers living and working in almost 1.7 million premises will be able to access the highest speeds currently available on the NBN network, with download speeds of close to 1Gbps.”

“We are on track to achieve our goal of enabling around eight million premises, or up to 75% of homes and businesses on the fixed line network, to access NBN’s highest speed tiers with wholesale download speeds of 500Mbps to close to 1Gbps by the end of 2023.”

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 5 April 2022.

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