NBN Co celebrated the launch of the nation's high-speed network in Townsville, Queensland today holding an event at a local school.
The Honourable Wayne Swan, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and students from The Cathedral School Townsville press the button to switch on the National Broadband Network in Townsville (Credit: Supplied)
The event, announced earlier in the week, was held at The Cathedral School in Townsville, and celebrated the launch of the first release trial site in the region.
Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Wayne Swan, was on hand at the event promoting the nation's billion dollar network, alongside numerous NBN Co officials.
Internet Solutions and North Queensland Telecom will be the first to offer trial connections to the NBN at the Townsville site.
3,100 premises in the western part of Townsville are now covered by the NBN, however only 1950 have consented to having a connection to the network installed so far.
Of these, 110 homes and businesses are now connected and ready to begin taking part in the nationwide invite-only network trial running from now until October.
After then, the first providers will begin to offer fully-fledged services on the NBN to all residents in the region, and for that matter across the five first-release sites situated around mainland Australia.
NBN Co also announced today that it has now signed up the 500th mainland trial customer for the NBN '” exceeding its goal of 400 laid out in the organisation's Corporate Plan from December last year.
Mundingburra News and Casket Agency is the 500th NBN trial customer, using its connection to provide its own customers with free Wi-Fi. Internet Solutions, an NBN wholesale customer, is providing the trial connection to the business.
1,690 Australian homes and businesses are now using the NBN, including 655 premises in Tasmania, 580 brownfield and greenfield premises and 455 active services on the NBN's interim satellite platform.
Just one of the first release trial sites remains to be celebrated, in Willunga, South Australia. According to NBN Co, an event will be held to celebrate the site and thank the community later this month.