NBN rollout enters metropolitan phase

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The NBN rollout reached the halfway mark on Monday, with infrastructure installed past 5.7 million premises Australia-wide. By 2020, NBN Co expects to connect a total of 11.2 million premises and aims to have 8 million active customers using the network.

The $49 billion project had initially focused on rural and outer urban areas and is now entering its metropolitan phase. You can check to see when your street is due to have the NBN installed through the NBN website.

“I’m proud to announce that one in two Australians are now able to enjoy the benefits of fast broadband by connecting to the NBN network through a retailer. Nationwide access to fast broadband will become the platform to launch Australia into the next phase of its digital future – it will change what our jobs will look like, where we will live and how we fare on a global scale,” said NBN CEO Bill Morrow.

While 5.7 million premises are being counted, these numbers also include complexes and houses that currently cannot be connected because of unexplained issues that may take until October to resolve.

Since receiving connection notice in February and signing up to a NBN package, the YourLifeChoices office has received several revised resolution dates, the latest being 1 September 2017. We can only hope this isn’t the norm Australia-wide.

Has the NBN been installed in your area? What do you think of the NBN? Is it an upgrade on your previous connection? Do you pay more or less for your bills since the NBN was installed in your area?

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Total Comments: 41
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    With the current connection price of $300 per “new” dwelling, this means that, before any usage charges, NBN have received about $1,710,000,000 – not bad for a second rate technology, which will need to be upgraded well before the estimated completion date.

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    I’ve been on NBN for 12 months now and find the drop outs annoying. I’m accessing it through Telstra. No point trying to contact either the NBN or Telstra as they just blame each other. Telstra is in the Phillipines now so I no longer am prepared to waste my time with them.

    When the current contract is up I’ll be going elsewhere and just using a wifi connection with a mobile and a dongle. Probably Optus but maybe people out there could recommend another provider?

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      Didn’t Optus recently have an outage for days?

      I have at least 2 if not 3 ways of accessing the internet as they will all have outages form time to time.

      My NBN has been so much better than the old ADSL and a lot cheaper as well.

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      Yes Og I could just go to the local club or library and access free wifi there. Telstra is the problem now as I just don’t want to deal with someone who has no cultural understanding of what I’m talking about.

      I do find the NBN slightly cheaper but still too expensive for what I’m getting when a $30 dongle will do me just fine.

      If Telstra gave a damn about my 50 years as a customer it would be different but they don’t. I’m just a cash cow to them these days and I’ll walk away.

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      Rae, quite frankly, don’t bother with Optus, they’ve been taking lessons from Telstra….

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    We have had the NBN box installed on our exterior wall, which was free of charge. Now here’s the thing, ALL of the plans offered by the various ISP’s offer either a service slower than our existing broadband ADSL2 for the same price, or significantly more expensive for a faster service. From talking to many other people, this is basically true for everyone. Our decision has been that we will wait before connecting the service. Why would we pay more for a slower service!!??

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    Im at the gabba which is near the CBD in Brisbane. Estimation is Jan – June 2019! For a major city that is rapidly developing, with over 100,000 moving into this area with all the redevelopment over the next two years you’d think the developers would put the infrastructure in whilst they are digging up a great deal of land! No wonder this is cost us so much and is still not the best system we could of had!

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      Something about not being able to organise a deal with a fist full of fifties. I used to think they were just stupid but I’m beginning to think it has to be deliberate to rip us off.

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    I put on the NBN when it was first available in my area. It went rapidly downhill from there. I get less than half the speed now than what I was getting and paying for. I am with Optus and they found a fault in the lineand now charge us the basic price for unlimited & over 25mbs/10mbs

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    Benefits of Fast Broadband connecting to the NBN they say?

    I would like to see that fast benefit, or how you get it, as I like many would not consider there NBN fast especially if connected using the second rate, FTTN.

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    So this article implies that the rural areas are now covered?! Wrong! In a small country town of 6.5 thousand there is no NBN even on the horizon for us. A tiny village across the river got a new NBN tower but because of all the trees its virtually useless. Isn’t there a better, faster and cheaper system via satellite?

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    Just been travelling in outback Queensland and have had Telstra phone reception in some of the very remote places. Places like Lawn Hill National Park and lots of coverage along outback roads. It will soon be unnecessary to carry Sat phones in the outback.

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      Thats good OG. Around Mudgee and Yeoval the reception is still pretty dicey. Still it fills in a bit of time wandering around waiting for a hot spot so the message will go out. I’ve got a great photo of a kid in National Costume on a camel in Petra using a mobile phone so it can be done. Only not in third word country areas apparently like we still have here.

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      Isn’t it amazing how OG seems to know all the tricks, how to access the NBN 3 different ways, how to get coverage in the outback when no one else can, I am starting to take all his comments with a grain of salt, he obviously seems to live in a different world to the rest of us.

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    A friend got NBN and told me as a home user consumer of minimal data, she opted for the cheapest plan – which Telstra claimed was faster and cheaper than her old ADSL plan. When she complained it was slow and unreliable, they said she should be on the medium user plan 0 which was $25 a month more than her previous plan. She upgraded. When she found that plan too slow and unreliable, she was forced to finally opt for the business plan which is $70 a month more than her old ADSL plan and she claims it’s no faster and considerably less reliable.

    I had been waiting anxiously for NBN as we had a very poor service. Now I’m not so sure I want to switch, though I assume I will be forced to at some stage. I just wish we could access a service other than Telstra in our area. I always found Optus and Vodafone more reliable and their service was far superior.

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    A friend moved into a newly purchased older dwelling where the NBN boasts being completed. When he signed up they came to the house fiddled with the wires, they said they would be back and then phoned to say it would be 1 month. 30 days passed and they called up and said it would be another month. He asked if he could sign up to ADSL as he couldn’t wait any longer. No, apparently no new customers can sign up for ADSL so he has had to purchase a dongle for internet by the month and now wait and wait and wait.

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