The rollout of broadband will be managed by the National Broadband Network Co Ltd (NBNCo), a government business enterprise. It will work in tandem with a range of ISP’s such as Telstra and Optus to provide customers with options for installation of High Speed Broadband.
How long will it take?
The rollout is expected to take anywhere between eight and nine years, and thanks to a deal brokered by the independent politicians, no region will be ignored, with city and country areas all eventually receiving broadband, despite somewhat of a ‘scatter gun’ approach.
What do you need to do?
If you have an interest in converting your internet to High Speed Broadband, simply keep an eye out for when the NBN will be rolling out in your area. You will receive a letter informing you when this is happening, or you can keep watch yourself on the NBN website. When you see your suburb listed as a rollout area, get into contact with either your ISP or the NBN and go from there. With regard to actually replacing your internet, the government has all the replacement technology included in the rollout. So no matter if you are on Wireless, ADSL, Dial-up or Broadband, the rollout includes fibre optic cabling, a totally new technology which will be provided as part of the installation package.
When will it start?
With endless media outlets reporting on the sticking points of the Government’s $43 billion NBN, many Australians are confused as to when is it actually taking place.
In March 2010 it was decided that after a successful trial in selected parts of Tasmania, that the first release of high speed broadband would be rolled-out to these select, or ‘trial’ sites. Construction commenced in July 2010.
This phase will take up to seven months to complete.
Once this rollout is completed, the government will be beginning its second rollout, to these sites, commencing in the second quarter of 2011.
Riverstone (western Sydney)
Brisbane (inner north)
Victoria Park (Perth)