Communications Minister, Senator Mitch
Fifield, and Member for Dobell, Karen McNamara, visited Telstra’s Gorokan
Exchange today to mark the official launch of Telstra’s retail broadband
plans over the nbn fibre-to-the-node network. Other retailers such as iiNet
have also begun selling services.
“This is great news for the Central Coast, and proof of this Government’s
delivery to our region,” said Mrs McNamara.
The nbn rollout is gathering pace with more than 8,200 homes and businesses
in Gorokan and Belmont now able to order a service on the nbn FTTN network.
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses will be able to connect to
superfast speeds of greater than 50 megabits per second before
By using the existing copper infrastructure running into homes, nbn can
quickly build out the network, saving on construction costs and reducing the
time residents must wait for broadband upgrades.
The first commercial FTTN services were connected at Belmont in New South
Wales last month and already many users are enjoying superfast broadband and
a simple connection process. Under the Coalition Government’s broadband
policy, nbn has shaved years off construction time while still delivering
superfast broadband to more than nine million premises nationwide over the
next three years. The Central Coast and Hunter regions are the first to gain
access to the FTTN-based network.
nbn is working with delivery partners to recruit and train workers to build
and operate the network in coming years. Today nbn has launched a campaign to
encourage school-leavers to consider a career in telecommunications
construction and maintenance. The current nbn construction workforce is
expected to double to 9000 jobs over the next few years.
nbn’s FTTN services will deliver maximum wholesale speeds to retail services
providers of up to 100Mbps (download) and up to 40Mbps (upload).
Find out more about what’s involved in getting connected on the nbn website: www.nbnco.com.au/
Minister Fifield - Justine Sywak - 0448 448 487
Karen McNamara - Scott McGrath - 0434 571 066