NBN Co lays out new construction plan

Dylan Bushell-Embling
01 Dec 2014
Daily News

Australia's NBN Co has laid out a new plan for accelerating the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

The state-owned company tasked with overseeing construction and operation of the network has set a target of connecting an additional 1.9 million homes and businesses in 400 cities and towns to the NBN by June 2016.

NBN Co has revealed plans to update the plan every quarter to give a more accurate picture of the state of the rollout.

The rollout uses the new Coalition government's revised multi-technology model for the rollout, which will involve using a mix of FTTH, HFC and FTTN instead of predominately FTTH connections.

“Over the past year, we have carried out successful trials of a range of new technologies, revised our build processes and are renegotiating our partner agreements. As a result of this work, we are able to provide forecasts that reflect the next phase of our network build,” NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow said.

“It is these forecasts that will enable our customers, the telephone and internet service providers, to be able to start planning the delivery of services over the NBN to these communities.”

The NBN has a target of having 8 million connections by 2020 under the new multi-technology model. There are currently around 300,000 connections.

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