Broadband minister Senator Stephen Conroy has told a Sydney forum hosted by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy that the rollout of the National Broadband Network will pass 758,000 premises before 2013.
“Later today we are releasing the NBN corporate plan that shows the NBN on track to have commenced or completed construction for 758,000 premises by the end of the year,” Conroy told the Cloud + NBN forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney.
The current NBN Co corporate plan forecasts 1,717,000 premises passed and 570,000 active connections in June 2013, with 273,000 premises passed and 116,000 active connections projected for June this year.
Conroy and NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley are due to unveil NBN Co’s updated corporate plan at 2pm today in North Sydney.
NBN Co confirmed last week the plan will contain updated statistics on NBN take-up. NBN Co’s corporate plan has not been updated since December 2010. The original plan projected
The “entwined potential” of the NBN and Cloud computing “is quite staggering”, Conroy told today’s forum.
“[C]loud computing can offer lower costs, scalability, security and availability. It makes things cheaper, faster and more flexible and as a result promises enormous benefits for individuals, businesses and governments.,” Conroy said.
“Australia is ready to take advantage of NBN-enabled Cloud computing,” Conroy said.