Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity
NBN fibre rollout goes into high gear in the Northern Territory
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced 65,200 Northern Territory homes and businesses will have access to National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre services under NBN Co’s first three year fibre rollout plan.
The indicative three year rollout plan lists the Northern Territory locations where construction of the national fibre network will begin between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2015.
Under the three year rollout plan, construction of the Northern Territory fibre network will begin in 23 NBN Fibre Serving Areas Modules (FSAM)—each containing about 3000 homes and businesses.
“That means the NBN rollout is about to go into high gear,” Senator Conroy said.
“In the next three years, 65,200 homes and businesses in the Northern Territory will be on the way to having, or will already have, access to NBN fibre services.”
The fibre rollout is currently under construction to 14,200 premises in the Northern Territory.
The NBN will deliver high-speed fibre broadband access to 93 per cent of homes and businesses, capable of speeds of up to one gigabit per second. Seven per cent will have access to high-speed fixed wireless or next-generation satellite technologies providing peak speeds of 12 megabits per second.
The NBN is critical infrastructure that will secure the economic future of those living in the Northern Territory and across Australia, and will support Australia becoming a leading digital economy by 2020, with improved online access to health and aged care, education, and access to government services.
“The NBN will also support a new wave of digital innovation that will change the way Australians live, do business, receive services and connect with the world,” Senator Conroy said.
“The NBN will enhance the lives of every Australian, grow productivity, and maintain our global competitiveness. It will provide regional Australia in particular with unprecedented opportunities for businesses to connect to distant markets both here and overseas.
“As I’ve said before, it is important to understand the NBN is more than just faster downloads. The NBN is the platform on which businesses will develop better and more efficient ways of running their enterprises and improving productivity.”
NBN Co, the company building and operating the NBN, released its first 12‑month rollout schedule in October 2011. That schedule, updated for the first time in February 2012, will be updated quarterly.
The three year rollout plan will be updated each year.
NBN Co has established an interactive searchable map on its website detailing the rollout, available at: www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map.html
Date: 29 March 2012
Contact: Suzie Brady 0408 258 457
Summary of three year indicative rollout plan
Locations where work will begin before 30 June 2015
Total premises where work is underway, expected to commence by 30 June 2015 or completed
Alawa, Alice Springs, Anula, Araluen, Bakewell, Bayview, Bees Creek, Berrimah, Braitling, Brinkin, Casuarina, Ciccone, Coconut Grove, Coonawarra, Darwin City, Desert Springs, Driver, Durack, East Arm, East Point, East Side, Eaton, Fannie Bay, Farrar, Gillen, Girraween, Gray, Gunn, Herbert, Hidden Valley, Howard Springs, Humpty Doo, Jingili, Johnston, Karama, Katherine, Katherine East, Katherine South, Knuckey Lagoon, Larrakeyah, Leanyer, Ludmilla, Lyons, Malak, Marlow Lagoon, Marrara, McMinns Lagoon, Millner, Moil, Moulden, Muirhead, Nakara, Nhulunbuy, Nightcliff, Palmerston City, Parap, Pinelands, Rapid Creek, Rosebery, Sadadeen, Stuart Park, Tennant Creek, The Gap, The Gardens, The Narrows, Tiwi, Uralla, Virginia, Wagaman, Wanguri, Winnellie, Woodroffe, Woolner, Wulagi and Yarrawonga.
- NBN Co will release maps indicating boundaries for construction in the locations listed above at the beginning of the construction stage.
- It takes approx. twelve months once the map is released until the area is ready for service.