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NBN Co launches construction trials to speed up rollout

NBN Co launches construction trials to speed up rollout

Trials to be conducted in Emu Plains, Redcliffe, Slacks Creek and Merrimac

NBN Co is set to conduct construction trials designed to speed up the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

The trials will be held across four NSW and Queensland suburbs.

These includes Emu Plains, Redcliffe, Slacks Creek and Merrimac.

The homes and businesses potentially included in the trial are among the more than three million premises that sit inside the Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) cable footprint currently owned by Optus and Telstra.

Following deals signed last December, these cables may be progressively incorporated into the NBN and are planned to be used to deliver fast broadband services to homes and businesses within that footprint.

The goal of the trials is to test construction processes to physically connect homes passed by the networks, where a connection currently doesn’t exist as well as improving network capacity and broadband speeds consumers may receive.

NBN Co’s Chief Technology Officer, Dennis Steiger, said the construction trials were an important step in the company's goal to ensure all Australians were able to receive fast broadband as soon as possible.

“We’re already planning upgrades to the HFC network to enable families and businesses to receive higher speeds," he said.

"The aim of this construction trial is to deliver valuable insights into how to deploy that upgraded HFC network at scale."

The construction trials are planned to progressively begin from mid-2015, ahead of the large scale integration of HFC technology into the network which is scheduled for commencement in 2016.

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