More than 16,000 homes and businesses in Northern Queensland will be able to connect to the National Broadband Network in about 12 months time.
Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Labor Senator for Queensland, Jan McLucas, announced new NBN fibre construction maps for Cairns, Mackay, and Townsville have been released, covering 12 suburbs and about 16,600 premises.
The new maps cover:
- Cairns: 5700 homes and businesses across Cairns City, Parramatta Park, Portsmith, and Bungalow.
- Mackay: 2700 homes and businesses in Mackay and East Mackay.
Senator McLucas said the Gillard Government was prioritising the NBN’s rollout to regional Australia, with more than 70 per cent of regional and rural Australia to receive fibre to the home.
“Fibre to the home can provide reliable broadband at speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. This is great news for the people of northern Queensland - the NBN will not only provide a massive boost to Internet speeds, it is the future of education, business, tourism, and health,” Senator McLucas said.
“The NBN is on track to rollout to 429,000 homes and businesses in Queensland by the middle of 2015.”