nbn, the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced another milestone, revealing that three million premises have now been activated on the in-development infrastructure. The company’s press realse confirmed that it has activated some two million premises over the last 18 months, around half of which have been made within the last six months alone. Further, it revealed that in total 1.4 million premises were being served by either fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) or HFC technologies, while looking ahead, it expects the number of premises taking an NBN-based service to reach 4.5 million by June 2019.
Commenting on the development, nbn’s Chief Network Engineering Officer, Peter Ryan, said: ‘We’re regularly activating more than 40,000 premises every week, which means we’re pretty much activating a city the size of Canberra every single month. This huge increase naturally puts pressure on the customer service experience … We’re already hard at work doing what we can to improve the connection experience and the online experience once people are connected … Our focus is on making sure we connect users to the [NBN] in the best way possible and that we keep the network up and running so it’s there when users need it.’