The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced the addition of nearly 7.5 million homes and businesses to nbn’s (formerly NBN Co’s) rollout schedule, in a three year plan released on 16 October 2015. Under the new schedule, by September 2018 a total of almost 9.5 million premises will have National Broadband Network (NBN) access or construction in place. The regulator breaks this down to: 2.8 million homes/businesses in New South Wales, 2.5 million in Victoria, 1.9 million in Queensland, 970,000 in Western Australia, 750,000 in South Australia, 72,000 in the Northern Territory (NT), and 134,000 in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The island of Tasmania is expected to be the first state to be fully covered by the network, with all premises scheduled to be within its footprint by the September 2018 target date.
In terms of technologies utilised, nearly 5.6 million premises are scheduled to receive fibre-to-the-node/basement/premise (FTTN/B/P), while almost 3.0 million will be covered by the existing HFC network, and 540,000 by fixed-wireless access.
The ACCC notes that currently around 600,000 premises are already connected to the NBN, with over 1.3 million able to order a connection, and almost 700,000 under construction.