NBN Co meets revised fibre rollout target

Fibre optic cable reaches 207,500 premises

NBN Co has achieved its revised end-of-year target for the delivery of the fibre optic national broadband network to homes and businesses across Australia.

Figures released by the company showed that as of June 30, the company met its revised target of rolling out fibre optic cable to 190,000 to 220,000 businesses and houses in built-up areas and new housing developments.

NBN Co CEO, Mike Quigley, said the total number of fibre premises passed was 207,500 and that it is the largest component of the NBN build, being delivered to 93 per cent of Australian premises by 2021.

NBN Co also announced that the total number of NBN end users has reached 70,100 – a fourfold increase since 12 months ago, as well as a sevenfold increase in fibre users.

Quigley said the results provide confidence that NBN Co is on track to deliver fast, reliable and affordable broadband to every family and business in Australia over the remaining eight years of the decade-long build.

“They also show that NBN Co, together with its industry partners, has the capacity to overcome the challenges inherent in rolling out Australia’s largest national infrastructure project," he said.

Quigley highlighted that premises such as blocks of apartments and large office blocks have provided challenges to companies rolling out telecommunications networks but NBN Co is working with its delivery partners to do just that.

“Steps include the work orders we have placed with Downer EDI Engineering, Daly International, ISG Management, and Universal Communications Group to connect multi dwelling units to the NBN.

“The key difference between the NBN and other networks – such as hybrid fibre coaxial (or cable TV) – is that we will provide NBN services to every home and business that orders a service,” Quigley added.

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