NBN Co, the public-private company overseeing the management and construction of the National Broadband Network, has confirmed that it achieved its revised end-of-year target for the number of homes passed by the fibre infrastructure. In publishing details of the network rollout so far, NBN Co has revealed that as at 30 June 2013 it had met it revised target range of 190,000-220,000 premises passed by fibre-optic cable in built-up areas and new housing developments; at that date the network passed 207,500 premises. Meanwhile, the company also noted that it had seen a four-fold increase in the total number of end users over the past year, while fibre connections had increased seven-fold. At the end of June 2013, it revealed, a total of 70,100 homes and businesses had signed up for an NBN connection, of which 33,600 were accessing services via fibre; of those 22,400 were at brownfield sites, with the remaining 13,200 at greenfield sites. NBN Co also confirmed that some 1,900 fixed-wireless accesses were active, up from just 100 a year ago, while satellite broadband customers numbered 34,600, having risen from 9,600 at end-June 2012.
Commenting on the development, NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley said: ‘These results are pleasing because they demonstrate that the steps we put in place in March to accelerate the rollout have been successful. They provide us with confidence that NBN Co is on track to deliver fast, reliable and affordable broadband to every family and business in Australia over the remaining eight years of this decade-long build.’