The NBN Co has announced fibre rollout plans for additional areas in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria for 2012. Eight more towns and cities are expected to be connected by the beginning of next year, totalling 70,600 premises in total.
The new towns added to the NBN rollout this year are Bellerive, Claremont and South Launceston in Tasmania, Corrimal in NSW, Ascot in Queensland and Footscray, Karingal and Keysborough in Victoria.
Most of these towns are situated in areas where work on the NBN rollout has already started. The NBN Co stated it needs to manage the rollout of the network as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, and deploy contractor resources in a logical, sequential way.
758,100 premises around the country are now expected to have access to the NBN by 2013; an increase of 191,300 from the previously released schedule.
The table below shows the NBN Co's previously announced rollout plans.
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According to the official schedule, it will be 2021 before 93% of Australian homes are connected to fibre Internet via the NBN, with remote areas expected to be connected via satelite.
At present, approximately 5500 premises have been connected to the NBN. You can see an interactive NBN rollout map of the country at the NBN Co website. Also be sure to check out our NBN Super Guide in this month's issue of PC & Tech Authority.
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