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NBN Co Feb figures show 60% connected to network

Take-up of the NBN in homes and businesses that are ready to connect is about 60% judging by figures issued by the NBN Co, the company rolling out the network, for February.

According to figures issued by the company today, 6.3 million homes and businesses were ready to connect by the end of February. Of these, 3.6 million had opted to connect, a percentage of slightly more than 57%.

These figures, and a number of others, were issued as part of the company's decision to issue monthly progress reports.

Other statistics in the report showed that 89% of installations were being done right the first time, compared to 87% in November 2017. Ninety-two percent of installations were claimed to be meeting agreed installation times.

Average network congestion — defined as the minutes per week per service for all retail service providers across the network — was 12 minutes in February. This was a dramatic improvement from November 2017 when the figure was 231 minutes. No reason was given for this improvement.

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NBN Co report for February 2018. The column describing the measure detailed has been removed in order to get the chart to fit. The complete chart is here.

The figures for February also claimed that 25% of those taking up connections opted for either a 50Mbps plan, or one that was offering 25-50Mbps.

Network availability was said to be 99.9%, down from 100% in August last year, and showing no change from November 2017.

The number of individual service faults per 100 connected homes and businesses was reported to be just one. But this figure did not include network-related faults and issues not related to the NBN network.

The company said agreed fault restoration times has been met 85% of the time. This included only individual service faults and not network-related faults.


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