NBN Co is set to begin work on 550,000 additional Australian premises in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and Western Australia.
The quarterly construction update includes work already underway or in plan to commence before quarter end September 2016 and covers more than 3.1 million Australian homes and businesses.
Communities added to the plan include Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast; Mt Gambier and Whyalla in South Australia; Bendigo and Docklands in Victoria; Bathurst in the NSW Central West and Castle Hill in Sydney’s north-west; the township of Broome and the Perth suburbs of Hilton and Bassendean in Western Australia.
NBN Co chief executive, Bill Morrow, said the addition of 550,000 homes and businesses to the construction schedule demonstrated the continuing momentum of the nationwide delivery of fast broadband.
“Our job is to ensure that all Australians can have access to fast broadband as soon and as efficiently as possible," he said.
"Homes and businesses across Australia will benefit from the nationwide upgrade to Australia’s broadband infrastructure.
“These quarterly forecasts enable our customers, the telephone and internet service providers, to start planning for the delivery of broadband services to these communities.”
According to NBN Co, more than 870,000 families and businesses are already able to connect to the NBN.
The technology each community will receive to connect to the Nationa will be guided by the Multi-Technology Deployment Principles.
The rollout schedule includes all technology in the Multi-Technology Mix with the exception of the Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) and the Long Term Satellite Service. These will be added in a future forecast.
NBN Co intends to update the forward plan every three months to provide further clarity on the detail of its construction schedule.
However, the exact number of premises as well as the regions covered in the rollout plan may vary once NBN Co has finalised its construction planning.
The technology deployed in these communities may also change depending on a number of factors once the construction planning stage has been finalised.
Therollout map includes a detailed colour-coding system to display the four phases of the rollout within a community.
The four phases include build preparation. This is where contractors are undertaking pre-construction activities to deliver the National Broadband Network in this area, which may include readying Telstra’s pits and pipes for NBN Co use.
This is indicated by a green colouring on the rollout map.
Secondly, building commenced (brown); where NBN Co has issued contract instructions to its construction partners so they can commence work to deliver the NBN in this area. Build Commenced boundaries are subject to change during the construction process.
Thirdly, there is service available (purple); premises in this area are covered by the National Broadband Network and services may be ordered and purchased from a telephone or internet service provider.
And lastly, other fixed line providers; (Adequately served) means the premises can already access fast broadband services through an existing fibre network.
The Adequately Served policy is intended to prevent unnecessary duplication of fibre networks, existing as at 1 January 2012 in residential estates, that could deliver services that meet the Government's NBN objectives.
The "Adequately Served" policy states that the NBN Co fibre network will not overbuild networks assessed as adequately served, except in circumstances where not overbuilding a particular area will have a significant impact on NBN Co's ability to efficiently roll out the network.