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NBN coming to more Canberra properties

NBN coming to more Canberra properties

28 February 2017 Michael Gorey & Lucy Cormack

Thousands more ACT properties will be connected to the National Broadband Network over the next two years with completion due in 2019.

A company spokesman told The Canberra Times construction began late last year to connect 22,000 premises in parts of Hall, Casey, Turner, O'Connor, Braddon, Dickson, Lyneham, Hackett, Watson, Downer, Greenway, Oxley, Wanniassa and Kambah.

The areas under construction will progressively be able to access the network from late April up to August this year.

"In addition, work to connect another 32,400 homes and businesses will begin this year in parts of Ainslie, Braddon, Reid, Dickson, Downer, Farrer, Mawson, Isaacs, O'Malley, Phillip, Latham, Macgregor, Evatt, McKellar, Melba, Florey, Flynn, Fraser, Spence, Charnwood [and] Dunlop," the spokesman said.

There are currently 62,000 homes and businesses in the ACT that can order a service.

NBN has launched a new online tool that enables Australians to check what sort of broadband technology they will be receiving and when.

"We have moved away from telling people when we'll be in their neighbourhood to when they can contact their retailer to buy a service," said John Simon, NBN's chief customer officer.

"The update also means for the tech enthusiasts, who are interested in what kind of technology their retailer will connect them to via the NBN network, that this information is available to them."

The website shows that Tuggeranong will be connected in the second half of 2018 whereas Fyshwick businesses will have to wait until the first half of 2019.

The "check your address" tool includes technology types with a suburb's profile, in addition to a delivery timeframe.

An NBN spokesman said the company had been refining the tool since last year as part of its commitment to "providing Australians with as much transparency and detail as possible".

"The sheer size and complexity of the network build means there will always be a need for flexibility on our planned technology and service availability dates, so we will continue to be transparent with any further updates," he said.

The chief executive of Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, Teresa Corbin, said the new tool was a positive step.

"The fact they are changing the emphasis to make it more consumer friendly, and telling you the type of technology is very valuable to people," she said.

"It's going to help you planning what service you might purchase from which retail service provider, or where you might like to move, [especially] if you are a student ... there are so many reasons people need this information."



Date: 27 Feb, 2017