NBN gears up for wide release in Willunga, SA

NBN gears up for wide release in Willunga, SA

After the network trial ends in October, residents in the area can then sign up to receive NBN services

Residents of Willunga in South Australia will have the chance to jump on-board the National Broadband Network (NBN) once trials finish up in October.

Willunga is one of the first five mainland trial sites for the $36 billion network.

Only 150 customers in the area have had the chance to experience the NBN in recent months, one of them being PCRange CEO, Raaj Menon, who received the service through Internode.

He claimed his NBN service delivered significant increased in download and upload speeds compared to his old ADSL2+ connection.

The Willunga trial site was officially lit up by Communications Minister, Senator Conroy, and Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong.

A launch event was held in Willunga High School, which is now the first public school on the mainland to be wired up to the NBN.

The NBN trial in Willunga will wind up in October. Afterwards, all residence with access to the fibre network, which covers 940 premises in the town, will be able to sign up with one of the many ISPs that have partnered with NBN Co.

So far, 91 per cent of the 940 premises have given consent to join the NBN.

Currently, seven ISPs can provide NBN services in Willunga: Adam Internet, Exetel, iiNet, Internode Nextgen Networks, Primus Telecom and Telstra.

“Willunga is the fifth and final first release site for NBN Co to officially go live on the Australian mainland,” NBN Co chief, Mike Quigley, said in a statement. “We will work closely with a number of telecommunications and broadband service providers to develop the systems and processes that will support them as they deliver more services in the future.”

There are currently 650 users connected in each of the five mainland test sites including Armidale and Kiama in NSW, Brunswick in Victoria and Townsville in Queensland.

Factoring in Tasmania, the NBN now has upwards of 1800 users that are either on the fibre service or the Interim satellite service.

To date, 24 ISPs have signed up for the NBN trials and half of them have passed the certification or on-boarding process. They include AAPT, AARNet, Adam Internet, Exetel, iiNet, Internode, ispOne, Nextgen Networks, Optus, Platform Networks, Primus and Telstra.

Work has already started for the second release sites in NSW, Queensland and the ACT.

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