The second stage of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout in Tasmania has been announced with the addition of seven locations across the state. The locations include Sorell, Deloraine, George Town, St Helens, Triabunna, Kingston Beach and South Hobart. These will add to existing locations Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point.
The second stage of the Tasmanian leg of the NBN also includes the completion of optic fibre transmission links on Tasmania’s east coast to Kingston and to a new industrial hub being developed at Westbury.
In an address to the National Press Club, Tasmanian premier David Bartlett claimed the Federal Government's investment in telecommunications reform had already brought cheaper broadband to Tasmania.
“Already, before the NBN becomes a reality, we have seen the wholesale broadband price drop massively just by introducing wholesale competition on island and across Bass Strait,” he said.
Commenting on the second stage of the rollout, Digital Tasmania spokesperson Andrew Connor, said the Federal Government needed to reveal more detail on its NBN plans and consumer prices.
"It would be good to see what people are going to get out of it and what prices they're going to be paying," he said. “There is urgency to show that there’s at least more plans underway, but whether that turns into an actual roll-out and activated services by [the] middle or end of next year, we’ll have to see."
The NBN is already having an effect on the Tasmanian economy, with Macquarie Telecom announcing its decision to invest in a new IP VPN data network in Tasmania was enabled by the NBN and regulatory certainty around wholesale and retail competition.
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