NBN Co, the company overseeing the development of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has issued an update on the network rollout and uptake. As at end-December 2012 the NBN reportedly passed a total of 72,400 premises, of which 46,100 were in built-up (‘Brownfield’) areas, and the remainder in new development (‘Greenfield’) estates. Looking ahead, the company reiterated its previously set target of passing 286,000 Brownfields (and 44,000 of those activated) by the end of June 2013. The release of the data follows the announcement earlier this month that NBN Co had met its construction target for 2012. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, having originally said it expected to have commenced or completed construction in areas covering 758,000 premises before the end of the year, NBN Co said that at 31 December 2012 the total number of premises where work was underway or finished stood at 784,592.
In terms of uptake, the number of homes and businesses accessing services over the NBN increased from 13,600 in June 2012 to 34,500 at the end of the year; this figure includes all subscribers, including those connected via fixed-wireless and satellite. Of the total, 10,400 premises were connected via fibre across both Brownfields and Greenfields, with the number of active connections in the latter totalling 3,800 at 31 December 2012.
Commenting on the progress, Mike Quigley, NBN Co’s CEO, noted: ‘The results reflect progress in the early stages of the rollout, and are what we would expect given the time and work necessary to put in place the contracts and agreements needed to get to this point of execution … We are targeting to pass more premises in the final quarter of the financial year than we will have passed in the entire project up to the beginning of that quarter. Additional construction resources will be added over the coming months to help achieve these targets.’