Today was a big day for the progress of the National Broadband Network in Australia. The government announced the cities, towns and suburbs that will at least have construction started in the next 12 months. This rollout plan includes 28 new locations that will bring the NBN to almost half a million homes and businesses across the country.
“Today’s announcement represents the start of a major nationwide construction effort that should eventually see us offer National Broadband Network coverage to every one of Australia’s 13 million premises.” said NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley.
This announcement is actually only the beginning of a far more transparent build process for the NBN. Early next year the NBN Co will release a 3-year indicative view of the rollout, this will be updated annually until anticipated completion of the rollout in 2021.
Unfortunately Albury Wodonga didn’t make the list this year, but dozens did. Did your city make the cut ? The full list of locations the NBN will reach in 2012 is available on pages 3 – 4 of this PDF from NBN Co. The list of diverse new locations revealed today is shown below.
NSW – Blacktown, Dapto, Gosford, Lidcombe, Long Jetty, Penrith, Richmond, Sawtell, Strathfield (Homebush), Wollongong.
NT – Darwin
QLD – Nudgee
SA – Aldinga Beach, Port Augusta, Port Elliot, Stirling, Strathalbyn, Yankalila
TAS – Launceston, Somerset
VIC – Ballarat Central, Melbourne City, Melton, Tullamarine
WA – Applecross, Meadow Springs, Pinjarra, South Perth
It’s important to remember the areas listed indicate where construction will start within the next 12 months, there’s no guarantee of a competition date. The detailed maps also show just how harsh the rollout will be. Despite living in a listed rollout location, you may live on the wrong side of the street and miss the initial rollout.
More info @ http://nbnco.com.au