NBN Co, the company overseeing the rollout of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has outlined a new national rollout plan under which it aims to connect another 1.913 million premises across more than 400 cities and towns. With this round of infrastructure expansion being ‘the first to reflect the company’s new, flexible multi-technology approach’, the company said it viewed it as an important step toward reaching its goal of eight million connections to the NBN by 2020.
While the rollout plan provides an indicative view of scheduled construction work up to June 2016, NBN Co has said it will be updated each successive quarter with further detail ‘to reflect ongoing variations brought about by process and technology improvements’. Such transparency, it has claimed, will ensure that consumers and the telecoms industry have an accurate short-term view of construction progress. As per the updated rollout schedule, New South Wales will see the highest number of premises added to the network footprint, some 659,000 across 112 locations, while 379,000 and 286,000 premises in Queensland and Victoria, respectively, will be connected.
Commenting on the plans, NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow was cited as saying: ‘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.’