More than 4000 homes and businesses were connected to Australia’s National Broadband Network at the end of 2011 and work is already underway on extending the network to towns and suburbs covering a further half a million premises in 2012.
The figures were released by NBN Co, the company established to deliver the essential upgrade to Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure.
They comprise 2315 premises using the fiber optic service and 1700 in rural and remote Australia receiving broadband via the interim satellite service, which was launched only six months ago.
NBN Co announced in October plans to extend the fiber to an area covering half a million premises in every state and territory.
The company intends to announce plans to roll out the NBN to a further three million homes over the next three years. It also plans to switch on the first rural communities to be served with a fixed-wireless connection by mid-2012.