NBN rollout enters metropolitan phase

The NBN rollout reached the halfway mark on Monday.

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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    Old grey
    11th Jul 2017
    10:07am
    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.
    Rae
    11th Jul 2017
    10:18am
    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?
    Old Geezer
    11th Jul 2017
    10:22am
    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.
    Rae
    11th Jul 2017
    3:58pm
    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.
    Jezemeg8
    11th Jul 2017
    6:16pm
    Rae, quite frankly, don't bother with Optus, they've been taking lessons from Telstra....
    Busker Pete
    11th Jul 2017
    10:38am
    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!!??
    Ted Wards
    11th Jul 2017
    11:05am
    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!
    Rae
    11th Jul 2017
    4:01pm
    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.
    Star Trekker
    11th Jul 2017
    11:13am
    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
    Tiny
    11th Jul 2017
    11:30am
    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.
    GoldenOldie
    11th Jul 2017
    11:44am
    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?
    Rae
    11th Jul 2017
    4:04pm
    Yes and Apple and Google are building it as we speak. It's a world wide satellite system.
    Old Geezer
    11th Jul 2017
    11:57am
    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.
    Rae
    11th Jul 2017
    4:07pm
    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.
    Misty
    13th Jul 2017
    2:43pm
    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.

    11th Jul 2017
    12:33pm
    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.
    Rosret
    11th Jul 2017
    1:16pm
    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.
    Rae
    11th Jul 2017
    4:09pm
    Definitely third world.

    11th Jul 2017
    2:14pm
    "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?"
    Yes. Better than ADSL2. Yes. Pay the same.
    Old Geezer
    11th Jul 2017
    2:41pm
    My NBN is far better than my ADSL and a lot cheaper as well. I also get a home phone on the old copper network thrown in for free.
    Colours
    11th Jul 2017
    2:21pm
    Northern Rivers NSW estimate - 2020. And I doubt they will achieve that either.
    Old Geezer
    12th Jul 2017
    4:45pm
    People in the Northern Rivers NSW have had the NBN for over 2 years now.
    Misty
    13th Jul 2017
    2:46pm
    So who is correct here, do they have NBN in the Northern Rivers?, I am going to Google it.
    Misty
    13th Jul 2017
    2:56pm
    Well that was a waste of time, info was 2 years out of date.
    Life experience
    11th Jul 2017
    2:41pm
    Don't want it. Everyone says it's terrible.
    Too many complaints. No faster. Waste of money.
    Hasbeen
    11th Jul 2017
    3:05pm
    When I check the NBN is "planned" for my area, but no dates for when.

    My son is particularly as the place he is living in has a phone line installed, but there is no capacity in the exchange to provide a service. WE have many new homes who can't get a land line, & can get no projected time when they will. Telstra won't extend the exchange until after the NBN gets here, & have no idea when that will be.

    We would like to thank those idiot twins KRudd & Turnbull who combined stuffed up our system. May they for ever rot in hell.
    Rae
    11th Jul 2017
    4:12pm
    I'd thank Telstra too for having to wait while they send to Manila for the technicians.
    Nanny Annie
    11th Jul 2017
    4:51pm
    I had ADSL2 and the internet never stopped or was slow. The NBN modem from Telstra was installed and now it drops out many times a day. Tried to put the old modem back on but it wouldn't allow it. Phoned Telstra - they say NBN in my street is 70% ready. WHY SEND OUT THE NBN MODEM WHEN ITS NOT READY TO BE USED. Very angry
    Daveh
    11th Jul 2017
    5:20pm
    the NBN is actually slower than my present internet connection on cable. Normally I get 33Mbps and for 410 a month extra it goes to 113Mbps as measure by speedtest.net. NBN cannot achieve 100mbps even on fibre to the premises. so why do I need it?
    Lescol
    11th Jul 2017
    5:40pm
    The NBN is a joke; I've built similar OS. Here in Oz it was built the wrong way, it is being maintained the wrong way and I have no intention of using it!

    Sadly I'll still have to pay for it although I'd like an option to get funds back!

    cheers
    Rae
    12th Jul 2017
    9:04am
    Strangely enough lots of Australians have helped build proper systems overseas.
    Jim
    11th Jul 2017
    6:22pm
    When you go on the NBN system does that mean that your phone is VOIP ie when your internet goes down you have no phone?
    Star Trekker
    11th Jul 2017
    6:49pm
    Yes it does
    Rae
    12th Jul 2017
    9:06am
    Yes and if you need that phone for emergencies you'll need a battery system back up as well.
    Jezemeg8
    11th Jul 2017
    6:22pm
    I've received several emails from different service providers telling me that NBN will be available to me from 25th August. The latest attempt I've made to get connected to it was ended when I hung up after receiving conflicting information. The sales person assured me that I didn't need to enter into a contract, I just had to agree to return the modem etc within 30 days if I stopped using that ISP. The quality of the call was poor, so I asked, and the sales person agreed, to send the details to my email address within a day before sending me to the "Welcome" team member. This person then informed me that I would be sent the details AFTER I agreed to the terms I could barely understand, the call quality was so poor, and that if I chose not to be bound by contract I'd have to pay up front charges to get NBN. At this point I ended the call, having wasted over half an hour as it was.
    I am NOT going to agree to any terms etc that I cannot hear properly just to get details emailed to me, especially when the team member acknowledges that the call quality was poor!! This is just the latest in a round of attempts by me to be NBN ready when they finally turn on the service, albeit a less than third world one!
    Rosret
    11th Jul 2017
    11:18pm
    TPG is OK - no contract necessary.
    Jezemeg8
    12th Jul 2017
    3:45am
    Thank you Rosret, I've had TPG and found them unsatisfactory after a time.
    KB
    12th Jul 2017
    12:58pm
    We have had information about it and was advised that the NBN would be connected in August. Looked around the internet plans and they are all steep Under ADSL works just fine and have no intention of switching.
    Misty
    13th Jul 2017
    2:49pm
    Do you have an option?, from the ads I have seen I thought that you had to have the NBN or nothing.
    Misty
    13th Jul 2017
    2:55pm
    NBN is a joke.
    mr.auspicious
    4th Oct 2017
    2:09pm
    It wouldn't be so bad if the consumer had been provided with a choice to sign up to NBN or retain their existing ADSL 2 connection but a fundamental freedom of choice has been
    subverted which offers no advantage to anyone except NBN and its ideological adherents.

    It is a situation that every consumer should regard as being totally outrageous. However consumer advocates remain mute and there's no sign the ACCC intends to intervene.
    Perhaps it's naïve to believe regulators such as the ACCC should become involved in order
    to circumvent the excesses that arise when a single organisation can dictate service
    standards as well as the cost to the consumer.

    It is worth remembering that the NBN owes its existence to politicians - perhaps certain
    individuals or groups are ready to place consumer interest ahead of self interest - let's see.