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Western Australian NBN milestone as first FTTN area goes live



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Western Australian NBN Milestone as first FTTN area goes live

12 April 2016

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield, Member for Swan Steve Irons MP and Member for Hasluck the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP today launched the first nbn fibre to the node (FTTN) services in Western Australia.

“It is a pleasure to be here today to celebrate this significant milestone for the nbn rollout in Western Australia,” Minister Fifield said.

“The use of FTTN to deliver superfast broadband is an integral part of the Government's multi-technology mix approach to the nbn, which uses the most appropriate technology to deliver the nbn sooner and at less cost.”

nbn’s FTTN network uses the existing copper infrastructure already running into homes, enabling nbn to dramatically speed up the network rollout, save on construction costs and reduce the time residents must wait for upgrades.

“From Friday, the nbn’s superfast broadband will be available to around 7,000 homes and businesses in parts of Cannington, Wilson, Langford and Beckenham. Residents can now contact their preferred service provider to discuss options or place an order for a service,” Mr Irons said.

“Around 19,000 more services will also be available shortly in Queens Park, East Cannington and additional areas of Beckenham.”

“The FTTN rollout is building momentum across Western Australia with further construction underway in Mindarie, Rockingham, Doubleview, and further south in Busselton and Bunbury,” Mr Wyatt said.

Labor left WA completely stranded in 2013, only managing to connect 109 existing homes during their four years in charge of the nbn.

Today more than 161,000 homes and businesses can access the nbn across WA, and there are 76,000 homes and businesses already connected.

The nbn is on track to meet this year's rollout forecasts and have the network completed in 2020.

For more information about the nbn rollout visit: www.nbnco.com.au