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NBN rolls into first metropolitan area: 14 customers connected

NBN rolls into first metropolitan area: 14 customers connected

Customers hooked up to National Broadband Network (NBN) in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick - more set to follow

Construction worker in Brunswick uses an existing pit to lay down fibre for the NBN.

Construction worker in Brunswick uses an existing pit to lay down fibre for the NBN.

NBN Co has switched on the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick with 14 customers on-board.

Brunswick in Victoria is one of the first five mainland NBN trial sites. It is the first and only metropolitan location to receive the NBN within the first release trial sites.

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, were at the launch ceremony in Brunswick Town Hall.

The fibre laid down in Brunswick covered around 2689 premises and over half of them have opted into the NBN. To date, 14 customers in the suburb have been connected with more to follow.

In total, more than 700 homes and businesses are now on the NBN, according to NBN Co. Roughly 114 of them are located on the mainland.

Armidale in NSW was the first mainland trial site to go live, followed by Willunga in SA and [[artnid:395383|Kiama in NSW|NBN switched on in Kiama. Townsville, QLD, should be launched shortly.

The Armidale rollout was plagued by reports of low take-up rates, but Senator Conroy fired back, claiming it was still a work in progress.

NBN trials run until September and after that time, Brunswick premises covered by the fibre footprint can sign up for ongoing services.

Commercial availability of the NBN is expected by October this year.

There are now 19 ISPs participating in the NBN trials but only 10 of them have passed NBN Co’s certification process.

NBN Co announced the construction start dates for the second release sites in NSW, QLD and the ACT on Wednesday.


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