One in two Australian homes and businesses now able to access fast, affordable broadband on the NBN
10 July 2017
rollout of the National Broadband Network has surpassed the half-way mark ahead
of schedule and ahead of budget, meaning more than 50% of Australian homes and
businesses can now access fast, affordable high-speed broadband.
At the end
of the financial year, the NBN was available to over 5.7 million premises – that’s
313,000 premises ahead of NBN’s rollout target.
more than 2.4 million premises now have an active NBN service – which is 100,000
ahead of target.
contrast, when the Coalition came into Government in 2013 fewer than 300,000
premises had access to the NBN, and just 51,000 premises had an active service.
Labor, the NBN rollout missed every target it was set.
Coalition, the rollout has seen more than 11,000 premises become ‘ready for
service’ on the NBN every working day over the past year. The number of
premises able to access the NBN has doubled in the same period.
remains on track and will be available to every home and business across Australia
Coalition’s multi-technology mix has seen new technologies, higher speeds and
greater download quotas introduced into the NBN:
of fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technology have already commenced, with the large-scale
deployment of FTTC to follow in coming months – which will connect up to one
fixed wireless service will soon double its fastest-available download speed to
up to 100 Mbps, and will be launched in early 2018.
Sky Muster satellite service has increased available data allowances, meaning users
are expected to receive around 50% more peak data and twice as much off-peak
data from October 2017.
the Coalition’s NBN is ahead of its rollout targets, it is also keeping
broadband prices affordable.
rollout milestone coincides with the release of a new report by the Bureau of
Communications and Arts Research (BCAR), showing that broadband prices on the
NBN are comparable to ADSL services, while offering a range of faster speed
tiers and greater choice for consumers.
BCAR report shows that regional Australia in particular is benefiting from more
choice and reduced prices thanks to the Coalition’s NBN.
information on the BCAR’s report is available at www.communications.gov.au/bureau-communications-arts-research.
is in stark contrast to Labor’s rollout, which would have seen a $43 increase
in monthly internet bills.
gold-plated NBN would have cost an additional $30 billion, and taken six to eight
years longer to complete, leaving millions of Australians without access to
high-speed broadband well into the next decade.