NBN Co is urging Western Sydney residents and business owners to switch to the NBN or risk losing fixed line services.
About 20,000 homes and businesses will soon be the first in Sydney to complete the transition to the NBN.
As part of a national upgrade to Australia’s fixed-line infrastructure, the NBN is scheduled to progressively replace most existing landline phone and internet services in parts of Penrith from February 20, 2015, followed by parts of Blacktown, Homebush, Riverstone, Richmond/Windsor and Lidcombe from March 20, 2015.
NBN Co today urged the remaining homes and businesses in these regions that have not placed an order for services over the NBN to contact their preferred Internet service provider or phone company as soon as possible.
NBN Co spokesperson, Darren Rudd, said by the time the rollout of the NBN was complete every home, business and community across Australia would have access to fast broadband.
“The move to the NBN is not automatic," he said.
"The remaining residents and businesses in these areas need to move their landline phone and internet services over to the NBN if they wish to continue using them.
He said residents had a choice: whether to switch across, or to make do with mobile solutions.
“We are particularly urging people with special equipment including EFTPOS terminals and medical and security alarms which operate using a landline phone connection to contact their preferred phone company and internet service provider as soon as possible,” he said.
Jason Pilgrim, owner of In2Motion physiotherapy in Richmond, said the NBN had increased productivity.
"We have regained up to an hour in each day as we are no longer waiting on a slow downloads and drop outs which were causing us to cancel transactions before they had finished processing," he said.
“I also run multiple other businesses with interstate and international clients so access to HD video conferencing through fast broadband is essential in helping me juggle my competing priorities.
"I now only need to travel a few minutes into my Richmond office to connect and collaborate with employees and clients instead of making frustrating inner-city commutes or long overseas trips.”
The NBN rollout has connected more than 95,000 homes and businesses in NSW.
Physical construction is also underway to expand the network an additional 189,000 premises across the state including new construction work in parts of Canterbury and further parts of Strathfield and Auburn.