Updated: NBN Tasmania second stage rollout schedule released

Updated: NBN Tasmania second stage rollout schedule released

Seven sites will begin construction this year with services slated to be available in late 2012.

Tasmania NBN rollout.

Tasmania NBN rollout.

NBN Co has laid out the timetable for stage two of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout which will provide services to another seven sites.

First release sites for Tasmania were Midway Point, Scottsdale and Smithton. NBN services were launched for all three locations in August last year. NBN Co has received planning approvals for the initial sites and the next stage of NBN construction will begin at Triabunna as well as Sorell in late May.

Deloraine and St Helens will follow in July while Kingston Beach and George Town will be reached in late August and late September respectively. Rollout to South Hobart will be in early October.

Stage three communities for the NBN in Tasmania include Burnie, Devonport, Hobart and Launceston.

“NBN Co has chosen a staged network construction approach as it allow us to incorporate learnings from previous work in a process of continuous improvement,” NBN Co acting head of construction, Dan Flemming, said in a statement.

According to NBN Co, a total of around 11,150 premises will be covered by the seven new sites.

Construction in each location will take about four to six months depending on the size of the sites. Services are set to be lit up by the second half of 2012.

The new site announcement followed NBN Co finalisation of its contract with construction firm, Conneq Infrastructure Services.

At the start of April, NBN Co suspended its network construction tenders for NBN's mainland rollout amid accusations of price gouging by construction companies during negotiations. NBN Co’s then head of construction, Patrick Flannigan, quit soon afterwards.

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