nbn has announced ‘another significant rollout milestone’, revealing that five million premises are now able to connect to retail services over the National Broadband Network (NBN). In reporting its latest coverage achievement, the company claimed that the deployment of fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and HFC is helping to speed up its rollout; the two technologies now serve half of the five million premises within the NBN footprint. With an average of 250,000 premises having been made ready for service (RFS) each month so far this year, nbn has said it expects the rollout pace to increase further, with one million homes and businesses set to get coverage in the three months to end-June 2017.
Activations, meanwhile, are also on the up, with nbn claiming to now have 2.2 million premises accessing retail services over its infrastructure, while around 130,000 new premises are reportedly signing up with retail service providers each month.
Commenting on the project’s progress, nbn’s chief network engineering officer, Peter Ryan, was cited as saying: ‘nbn continues to demonstrate its rollout momentum with 140,000 services made available to homes and businesses across the country in a single week – the equivalent of lighting up Canberra … We are building the [NBN] and activating end users faster than we have ever done before and are currently making over 60,000 premises serviceable each week. We have the flexibility and the right technologies in place to design and build the network at the speed and scale needed to reach our end goal by 2020.’