NBN Co: Countdown for copper switch-off for 25,000 homes

Most residents and businesses will be forced to use the NBN for Internet access

Residents and businesses at around 25,000 premises in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania will be forced onto the National Broadband Network (NBN) in around 19 months, after copper and cable internet in their suburbs is switched off.

The services will be switched off in 15 locations at the end of an 18-month period, which begins 23 November this year, once the areas are NBN-ready.

Internet access via Telstra's HFC network will be affected, but not pay TV. Internet access over Optus' HFC network will be switched off at a later date. Other services, such as ISDN connections and services over Telstra's Megalink offering, will not be affected by the 23 November countdown.

The areas to be affected include:

- Armidale, NSW (5400 premises over four areas)
- Brunswick, Victoria (2900 premises)
- Townsville, Queensland (2900 premises)
- Kiama, NSW (2400 premises)
- George Town, Tasmania (2300 premises)
- South Morang, Victoria (2300 premises)
- St Helens, Tasmania (2200 premises)
- Deloraine, Tasmania (1300 premises)
- Sorell, Tasmania (1300 premises)
- Willunga, South Australia (1100 premises)
- Kingston Beach, Tasmania (1000 premises)
- Triabunna, Tasmania (500 premises)

NBN Co said around 45 NBN providers have signed up with the company to offer services on the network.

“A comprehensive communications program is underway to inform people of the easy steps they need to take to switchover. We also expect that telephone and internet providers will be very active in their communications,” Kieren Cooney, chief communications officer at NBN Co, said in a statement.

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