NBN Co pulls in more resources to meet June target

NBN Co also revealed there are just 10,400 active NBN connections on the fibre network, with NBN Co setting a target of 54,000 active connections by June this year.

NBN Co will need to dramatically ramp up construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in order to reach its target of passing 286,000 premises by June 2013.

According to new rollout figures released by NBN Co, the company has now passed 46,100 premises in brownfield sites and 26,300 premises in greenfield sites.

A premises has been passed once fibre cabling has been laid and customers can sign up for NBN connections.

NBN Co also revealed there are just 10,400 active NBN connections on the fibre network, with the wholesaler setting a target of 54,000 active connections by June this year.

In total there are now 34,500 users on the NBN (fibre, fixed wireless and satellite), an increase of 20,9000 from 13,600 in June 2012, with a significant number of users joining the NBN satellite network.

“The results reflect progress in the early stages of the rollout and are what we would expect given the time and work necessary to put in place the contracts and agreements needed to get to this point of execution,” Mike Quigley, NBN Co CEO, said in a statement.

“As can be seen by our targets, this rollout is not a linear progression, but a rapid ramp-up. We are targeting to pass more premises in the final quarter of the financial year than we will have passed in the entire project up to the beginning of that quarter.

“Additional construction resources will be added over the coming months to help achieve these targets.”

A total of 10,400 premises are connected on the fibre network, with 3300 new customers signing up to NBN plans in greenfield sites to 3800 in December 2012.

NBN Co recently announced it had achieved its target of commencing or completing construction on 758,000 premises by the end of 2012.

NBN Co classifies construction commencing on premises once it has issued instructions to its contractors for a fibre service access module, which covers around 2000 to 3000 premises.

The NBN is expected to reach a peak in 2016 when around 6000 premises will be connected to the NBN every working day.

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I would like to connect to the NBN, I am a taxpayer therefore a contributor to the cost of building the NBN. My problem is that I am in far flung Parramatta and it doesn't appear to be available. I know we're not Kiama or a small town in Tasmania but to not start in the most populous city in Australia is stupid and a waste of money, both mine and yours, decisions like this are why the the whole thing is a lemon, I can't imagine Private Enterprise building a multi billion dollar system and not starting in a major city, it reeks of people who aren't accountable and don't care.



Boo-Hoo, the NBN is horrible because they didn't start building it in MY STREET!

'decisions like this are why the whole thing is a lemon' - and comments like that are why no one should take you seriously.

You may not have noticed, but it's a ten+ year project, and it's logical to start the national rollout in places which are not 'the most populous city in Australia' so that experience can be gained without urban disruption.



I would have thought that seeing as it is the NATIONAL Broadband Network (not the Sydney and surrounding suburbs broadband network) that starting in places that don't have good reliable broadband internet ie smaller and rural towns rather than somewhere like say Parramatta where I dare say you don't really struggle to get good reliable broadband internet was probably a good move. At least with this roll out, those places wont be left behind.

Abel Adamski


A couple of relevant factors re the NBN report.

Current passed/active is reflective of the Fans commenced 12 Months ago. Added to this is that the progression of Fans and completed is ENTIRELY DEPENDENT on the pits and ducts, this is Telstra Territory
There have been over $300Mill of remediation contracts in the last year.
Possibly an aspect that could be looked into

Another is contracts , most specifically bundled contracts, this is a factor for the wireless as in rural as Telstra is the dominant in fact in many areas the only mobile provider. Mobile access and pricing are key factors rurally and most are on bundled plans which include land line and rental to provide “free” or at least cheaper mobile calls and the cheaper mobile data they also need. Telstra at this time does not offer NBN wireless plans untill mid 2013
So with 4G bundled plans including land line rental there is a strong discouragement to switching to a NBN plan, lets face it Telstra is the major player in broadband at this time and we have lots of lovely new bundled 2 year contracts to access 4G and reduce costs of doing so.
Remember rollouts are POI based and also depend on available backhaul and transits which are being rapidly deployed even though not on the stats

So oils aint oils Sol.

A few players in this game each with their own goals and each acting in a manner that would be of best benefit for themselves, the only one that has any intent of what is best for the Nation and all of us going forward is the current government with their NBN being rolled out.

I do understand everyones frustration, after all this is unfortunately political and ideological with strong financial vested interest aspects and we would love great figures, but as we are at the result of what commenced 12 months ago, in fact considering the factors they have in reality achieved very well at this stage of the rollout
Worth Looking at the following Graph

Abel Adamski


They are awash with Private Sector fibre
Unhappy with your CBD internet, ask why you don't have better at a reasonable price after all it has been provided by the same private sector.

Ask why we have Black Spots and Rim Hells, they were installed based on the current perceived need at the time which was dialup. Exactly the same course now being promoted by certain interests which will create the Black Spots of the future

Abel Adamski





If you aren't happy with your internet speed in Parramatta try moving to a new house in Kendall in mid NSW. At least there we won't have to listen to you winge (cause you won't have an internet connection)!

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