NBN rollout hits milestone in Tasmania

More than half (58 per cent) of Tasmanian homes and premises are now able to connect to services over the National Broadband Network (NBN).

A major construction surge in 2016 and the recent launch of the Sky MusterTM satellite service pushed Tasmania over the milestone, with 162,472 premises in the state now able to connect across all technology platforms.

So far, 77,810 Tasmanian premises have connected to services over the NBN network – a 96 per cent growth on the same time last year.

In the past few weeks parts of Evandale in the North and Howrah, Tranmere, Rokeby and Oakdowns in the South became the first places in Tasmania to switch on to Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) technology. The fixed-line rollout is in full swing with construction continuing in Hobart and Launceston, and new areas including Devonport, Tranmere and Howrah, Bicheno, Burnie, Cambridge, Dodges Ferry, Exeter, Legana, New Norfolk and Westbury.

The construction effort is an important step toward the national goal of connecting eight million premises to services over the nbn network by 2020.

The Federal Government is standing by its election promise for a FTTN rollout on Tasmania’s west coast

The Turnbull Government has promised to spend $18.5 million connecting premises in Queenstown, Rosebery, Zeehan and Strahan with FTTN, instead of satellite.

The region is in the electorate of Braddon whose incumbent, Brett Whiteley, was one of three Lower House Liberals who lost their seats in this month’s election.

Last year, NBN said the west coast would be connected to the network using its Sky Muster satellite, not fibre-to-the-node as had been previously planned. The rollout was halted until it had clarity on exactly what service it was being asked to roll out.

There is no timeframe on when the funding would flow to enable work on connecting the towns to begin.

Councillor Vickers said he would be writing to federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield for details about the timeline.

The Labor Party had promised to spend $30 million to deliver NBN to the region.

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