The Bunya Estate, at Doonside in Sydney's west, has become the first new broad-acre development to be connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, and NBN Co chief executive, Mike Quigley, toured the estate and tested live services and applications such as IPTV, video conferencing, gaming consoles and IP phones available in the display homes.
Quigley was "pleased" that residents in new housing developments could take full advantage of the benefits offered by high speed broadband.
"Companies like Microsoft, Samsung, Fetch TV, Telstra and Internode that are here today displaying their high speed applications have anticipated the digital home of the future and the NBN is live in this estate supporting these applications," he said.
“Bunya is not a trial site, the display homes in this estate have been connected to the NBN and have live telephone and high speed Internet services delivered over the NBN fibre network. Residential houses are in the final stages of completion on site and new residents will have access to services delivered over the NBN as soon as they move in.”
Quigley said that simultaneously with Bunya, as part of NBN Co's New Developments rollout, it had rolled fibre out into two other new developments in NSW and planned to switch on fibre in new developments in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia this month giving premises in those developments access to services over the NBN fibre network from participating Retail Service Providers.
Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW CEO, Stephen Albin, said, “It‟s great to see a development in NSW as the first cab off the rank as part of NBN Co‟s new developments rollout. We‟ve all worked hard to ensure developers can take advantage of the NBN. Residents buying homes in new developments expect the latest and greatest from developers and that now includes having world class broadband as well.”