NBN hitting its strides, passes 2 million paying customers, available at 4.5m premises

The National Broadband Network is now available to more than 4.5 million premises and has just passed a major milestone of 2 million active customers. As of the week...

The National Broadband Network is now available to more than 4.5 million premises and has just passed a major milestone of 2 million active customers. As of the week ending 30 March 2017, the NBN had 2,004,044 active customers across their range of connection types.

With the two millionth premises activated, nbn is now 1/4 the way towards the goal of connecting 8 million homes and businesses to the NBN by 2020.

NSW leads the way with 637,871 active premises, followed by VIC with 429,227, just ahead of QLD at 397,150, then WA with 190,006, and SA at 144,766, followed closely by TAS on 115,927, then NT with 45,168 and finally ACT at 43,929.

nbn Chief Executive Officer Bill Morrow said, 

“In May last year we had one million consumers and business owners connected to services over the nbn™ network; now less than 12 months later, we’ve activated another one million.

This great achievement is a testament to the hard work of our people and delivery partners building the network at pace.  Importantly, the two million activations milestone has been made possible through the support, marketing and customer focus from retail service providers.

We are proud to be building critical infrastructure that enables nationwide access to fast broadband which supports business opportunities, provides access to leading education and healthcare services, and is changing the way we as Australians work, live and play.”

While the network has certainly had its issues, it seems they’re firing on all cylinders now. Monday next week, the new techAU HQ will get 100/40Mbps FTTP installed. You can expect plenty of posts about the experience.

Back in February, the NBN was available to 4 million premises, so to add another 500,000 in less than 2 months speaks to the ramp up seen by the project. A total of 82,217 additional lots/premises were passed/covered by the network during the week. This included an increase of 73,392 in Brownfield areas, an increase of 3,358 in New Development areas and an increase of 5,467 premises in fixed wireless and satellite areas.

There’s also some interesting data out from the ABS today that shows people on the NBN consume 23% more data per year. The total downloads on the between October and December last year was 646 million GB. The average household on the NBN downloaded 144 GB and uploaded 16 GB of data per month,

  • The average household or subscriber’s total usage (upload and download) on the nbn™ network was 160 GB of data from Oct to Dec 2016. (up 28 per cent year on year)
  • The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Internet Activity report, released today shows Aussies downloaded a record high 2.5 billion GB of data in 2016 (in the 3 months ending 31 December), with the average home downloading 117GB per month, a 41 per cent year-on-year increase.
  • Homes connected to services over the nbn™ network are downloading around 144GB of data each month which is a 32 per cent year-on-year increase and around 1.2 times the national fixed-line average and 76 times the mobile average.
  • When streaming services such as Netflix and Stan entered Australian living rooms in 2015 we saw an unprecedented surge in data consumption over the nbn™ network. These figures confirm Australia’s insatiable appetite for consuming online content is continuing to grow.
  • With forecasts from Telsyte showing the amount of connected devices is predicted to grow from 14 to 29 by 2020*, access to fast broadband will be critical in allowing us to continue to enjoy uninterrupted viewing on multiple devices at the same time.
  • It’s important for households who stream a lot of online content to speak with their service provider and choose a plan which suits their needs as well as check they have the correct in-home equipment so they can enjoy the best internet experience possible.
  • There are now 2 million households and businesses which have signed up to the nbn network through a retail service provider
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