National Broadband Network Rolling Out in Canberra

Senator Zed Seselja has welcomed the announcement that tens of thousands of premises will be upgraded to superfast broadband in the coming 2015-2016 financial year.

 57,300 premises in the ACT are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network, with build preparation work now underway. Suburbs in the inner north, the Woden Valley and Gungahlin are expected to have their services upgraded in the early part of the rollout with further scheduling to be available online in the coming months.

 Premises included in the build preparations sites released today are situated in the suburb of Nicholls. In coming weeks, work will be visible in streets as pre-construction activity begins, such as the clearing of Telstra’s pits and ducts.

The NBN will update its online maps in coming months to inform residents when physical construction of the network has begun, and when the network will be ready for service.

Detailed maps which show construction progress including green shaded areas for the ‘build preparation’ phase are available at:

Senator Seselja said it was an important milestone for the area, with greater certainty for homes and businesses.

“The message for ACT residents is clear – superfast broadband is on its way,” Senator Seselja said.

Under the Coalition Government, NBN Co has more than doubled the reach of its fibre network, now passing close to 690,000 premises nationwide.

Total connections to the NBN’s various networks, including the fixed line and wireless networks and the interim satellite service now stand at 368,000. And late last year NBN Co released a national rollout plan indicating that by mid-2016 one in every three homes and businesses across Australia will be able to connect to the NBN or have construction underway in their neighbourhoods.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the announcement of NBN Co’s new construction schedule was delivering on the Government’s promise to get the NBN rollout back on track.

“When we came into Government, one of our chief priorities has been to get this rollout done sooner, cheaper for taxpayers and more affordably for consumers” Mr Turnbull concluded.