nbn, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project, has announced a subscriber milestone, revealing that there are now two million premises signed up to an NBN-based service. Claiming that its retail service provider partners were signing up Australians ‘at the quickest rate ever’, nbn has also confirmed that there are now more than 4.5 million premises able to order a service over the NBN.
nbn noted that it is a quarter of the way toward its goal of eight million subscribers on the NBN by 2020. According to the company, retailers are presently connecting more than 28,000 users to the NBN each week, more than double the 12,000 per week that were signing up this time last year. Increased connection speeds have been suggested as one of the main reasons for the improved uptake, with nbn noting that its services based on fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) technologies have already been contracted by 670,000 premises since being launched 18 months ago.
nbn chief executive Bill Morrow said of the latest milestone: ‘In May last year we had one million consumers and business owners connected to services over the [NBN]; now less than twelve months later, we’ve activated another one million.’