First NBN-enabled Net cafe opens

The Hungry Birds cafe has joined the NBN

Australia’s first National Broadband Network (NBN) café has opened in Brunswick, Victoria, with customers able to access the café’s NBN connection over Wi-Fi.

Brunswick is one of the first suburbs in Australia with fibre access to the NBN, with 2700 premises in the suburb able to connect to the NBN. Construction is also underway which would allow another 14,500 premises to connect to the NBN.

The café is part of a building which also houses eight other small businesses which are connected to the NBN.

"This is the first cafe in Melbourne connected to the NBN, but as the rollout gathers pace I expect cafes like this will become the norm. It is great to see a small business like Hungry Birds embrace the NBN," Senator Stephen Conroy, minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, said in a statement.

A total of 691,600 premises in Victoria will be able to access the NBN by mid-2015.

"Cafe culture is an essential part of Brunswick life. Melbournians love nothing better than getting together, eating food, drinking coffee, and increasingly getting online. The speed and reliability of the NBN complements this culture so well," said Kelvin Thomson, member for Wills.

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