An additional 200,000 premises have been added to the rollout plan for Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), according to nbn, the company overseeing the project. Issuing its quarterly construction update, the company said this now covers more than three million premises where work is already underway or in plan to commence before the end December 2016. Communities added to the plan include: parts of Margaret River in the South West and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia; Buderim on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and Springfield in Greater Brisbane; Port Macquarie on the New South Wales Mid North Coast as well as Ryde, North Sydney and North Manly in Sydney along with Portsea on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and Beaconsfield in Greater Melbourne.
nbn’s chief operating officer Greg Adcock said of the development update: ‘The expansion of the rollout reflects the company’s new multi-technology approach and is an important step toward reaching our goal of connecting eight million premises to the [NBN] by 2020 … Today, around one in ten homes and businesses can connect to the [NBN] network. Our recently renegotiated construction contracts give us the confidence to schedule more than double that amount to start construction over the next 18 months.’