nbn, the company overseeing the construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced that ‘one in two Australians’ can now connect to the infrastructure, with the rollout having officially passed the halfway point. Confirming the milestone in a press release, the company said that more than 5.7 million premises are now able to order a NBN-based broadband service from a retail service provider (RSP). Furthermore, nbn said it is continuing to ramp up the infrastructure deployment, with up to 100,000 new premises now being added to the network footprint each week. Alongside this, it also highlighted plans to begin additional construction work across suburbs within the state capitals, as well as outer metro regions such as Gold Coast, Gladstone, Bendigo, Port Macquarie and Geelong.
Commenting on the latest developments, nbn CEO Bill Morrow said: ‘We are seeing great demand for fast broadband across the country – there are currently around three in four homes and businesses who have signed up to services over the [NBN] following the 18-month window they are provided to make the switch. Our team will continue to ramp up the rollout of the network to help meet this demand in the coming months as we start further construction work across the capital cities and outer metro areas.’
Looking ahead, the rollout of the NBN is scheduled to be three-quarters complete by the middle of next year, while completion of the project is expected by 2020.