Communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has laid some facts on the table on the uptake of the National Broadband Network (NBN) to date.
Conroy stated more than 25 per cent of premises in areas where the NBN’s fibre to the home (FTTH) service has been available for more than 12 months, have elected to connect to it.
“We have not been able to find any jurisdiction in the world that has achieved anywhere near that level of initial success,” Conroy said.
He compared the take up of the NBN to other countries such as the US where three years after Verizon launched its FTTH service, the take up was 24.4 per cent, and after seven years, it rose to 37 per cent.
In Europe, three years after the availability of FTTH services, the average take up was 21 per cent and in Singapore, Open Net’s FTTH had a rate of 20 per cent.
Conroy also pointed out the speed of the NBN being taken up, was also more superior compared to other internet technologies such as dial-up, which 13 per cent of households were using it four years after it became available. The 2006 census found that 28 per cent of households were using broadband after six years of ADSL.
“By any reasonable comparison the take-up of the NBN’s fibre services has been rapid,” Conroy said. “This is further evidence that Australians want the Gillard Government’s NBN.”