In pictures: Melbourne switches on the NBN

Prime Minister Julia Gillard flicks the switch at a ceremony at the Brunswick Town Hall

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Students at Circular Head School in Smithon, Tasmania. The school was one of the first in the country to be connected to the National Broadband Network.

The mainland trial phase is due to run until late September, after which residents in the Brunswick fibre coverage area are expected to be able to order broadband services over the NBN from retail service providers.

More than 700 homes and businesses across Australia are now connected to the NBN as part of the trials, including 114 on the mainland. The network trial is up and running in Kiama on the NSW South Coast, in Armidale in the Central West of NSW and in the Tasmanian communities of Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point. Construction is underway in seven additional sites in Tasmania.

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