Currently, the NBN is an exclusive club - the total number of "active services" on the network is only about 2,500. But the club is growing.
According to the official schedule, it will be 2021 before 93% of Australian homes are connected to fibre Internet via the NBN - that's an eternity when it comes to technology, but not for some.
Below is the list of which towns and cities will be connected in the next 12 months, including 28 new places where the fibre will be rolled out, either via ditches or via overhead lines, connecting users at speeds of up to 100Mbps.
The tablet below lists the months in which work will start. The NBN Co. estimates that it will take a year from the time work starts, until users are able to connect to the Internet. If you're scanning the list and concerned that the numbers of premises in your suburb seems small, that's because the work will be done in stages, or modules as NBN Co. calls them.
If you're not on this list, then don't despair. The list will be updated every quarter, with the network builder saying more locations will be added. It's expected that more than 500,000 homes will be covered by the NBN rollout in a year's time. This includes:
18,200 premises where network is ready
63,500 premises where work is already underway
485,100 premises in areas where construction will start within next 12 months
The table below shows which new locations where construction will start on the NBN marked with an asterisk. Table source: NBN Co.
Up until recently, mainland users in trial sites had to be invited by their ISP to signup for the NBN. They can now contact an ISP offering NBN services and sign up for a plan.
Reactions on forums to the price of NBN plans has been mixed. iiNet's NBN plans, for example, offering in general more data for the same price or less than an equivalent ADSL plan. Prices from various ISPs vary, but for example, it's possible to pay more than $100 for Terabyte plans at 100Mbps, or $34.50 for a 12Mbps 20GB plan.
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