NBN construction nears completion in South Perth

An NBN Digital Hub and Digital Enterprise in Melville has also been launched

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is reaching the final stages of construction in South Perth.

Construction of the network has begun on about 17,000 premises in the area, with construction on the NBN commenced on around 112,800 premises in Western Australia.

"Hauling the green NBN fibre is the final stage of construction, so people living locally should be able to start connecting to the NBN progressively from around June this year," communications minister Stephen Conroy said in a statement.

In February this year Mike Quigley, CEO at NBN Co, told a Senate Estimates hearing that Syntheo, which is responsible for the fibre rollout in WA, the NT and SA, had not connected any fibre serving area modules (FSAMs) in WA or the NT, despite starting construction in some areas 19 months ago.

NBN Co has now taken back construction of the NBN in the NT.

An NBN Digital Hub and Digital Enterprise in Melville has also been launched. The centre will provide free advice to residents and businesses on the benefits of the NBN.

The federal government has provided $391,091 to the City of Melville to establish the Digital Hub and a further $270,000 has been provided to the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce to provide Digital Enterprise training services.

The NBN is now running three months behind schedule, with NBN Co recently downgrading its June target for premises passed from 341,000 to between 190,000 and 220,000 premises.

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