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Monday, 20 August 2012
Page: 9350

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

(Question No. 1016)

Mr Fletcher asked the Minster representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, in writing, on 28 May 2012:

Further to his answer to question in writing No. 700 (House Hansard , 8 May 2012, page 51) how many premises of the first release sites of (a) Scottsdale, (b) Midway Point, (c) Smithton, (c) Brunswick, (d) Townsville, (e) Kiama, (f) Armidale, and (g) Willunga, were connected (i) overhead, and (ii) underground.

Mr Albanese: The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The first release sites for the NBN were chosen and designed to test the variety of locations and operational conditions likely to be encountered in the overall rollout of the NBN.

The pattern of connection methodologies employed was varied to enable an assessment of performance in these trials. The lessons from these trials are now being incorporated in the design of the volume rollout. Accordingly, the particular characteristics of these trials cannot be considered indicative of the likely experience in the rollout overall.