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NBN delivers jobs and faster broadband to South Australia

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Joint media release

Mark Butler MP

Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Federal Member for Port Adelaide

Nick Champion MP Federal Member for Wakefield

Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity

NBN delivers jobs and faster broadband to South Australia

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced that construction on vital elements of the National Broadband Network is creating more than fifty jobs in South Australia.

Ceduna is the latest town to be confirmed as a location for a NBN satellite ground station, which will form an essential part of the National Broadband Network’s Long Term Satellite Service and provide fast, affordable, and reliable broadband to people in remote Australia.

“The ground station will employ between 20 and 30 people in the local Ceduna area during its construction, which is expected to begin early next year with the facility to be operational by 2015,” Senator Conroy said.

“The NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service will deliver fast and reliable broadband to remote towns in South Australia such as Chinta, Koonibba, Athenna, and Goode.”

While in South Australia, Senator Conroy also inspected construction at a new NBN deployment site which will provide vital NBN infrastructure to the state.

The NBN Co Technical Aggregation Node and Deployment (TAND) site being built in the suburb of Green Fields will support fibre network construction, training, and NBN maintenance for much of South Australia. It will also be an integral part of NBN Co’s fibre network, helping create more retail competition and better broadband prices for South Australians.

“The construction of the TAND is another sign that the NBN is already delivering jobs and better broadband to South Australia. The TAND will employ around 22 permanent staff - part of an estimated 16,000 to 18,000 jobs that will be created by the rollout of the NBN across Australia,” Senator Conroy said.

“Work on the NBN in South Australia has already commenced or been completed for 27,100 homes and businesses in Aldinga, Modbury, Prospect, Onkaparinga, Seaford and Stirling.

“Meanwhile, in the first release site of Willunga, take up of NBN services is a stunning 37 percent. This is a clear sign that the people of South Australia can’t wait for the fast, reliable, and affordable broadband that the NBN provides.

“The NBN rollout is on track to have work commenced or completed for 327,300 homes and businesses across South Australia by 2015.”

“The location of the NBN TAND in Port Adelaide is a great boost to the local economy. With twenty-two permanent staff to be stationed here, it shows that the NBN is not only delivering great broadband services, but also local jobs,” Federal Member for Port Adelaide Mark Butler said.

While in Adelaide, Senator Conroy and Member for Wakefield Nick Champion visited Michael Siddall and Jacinta Warren, new residents of the Lakeside development in Andrews Farm, who have recently taken up an NBN service. Lakeside is the first new housing development in South Australia to be connected to the NBN.

“It’s fantastic to see people like Michael and Jacinta using the NBN and experiencing the kind of broadband that can’t be delivered over the old copper network,” Senator Conroy said.

“I share Michael’s and Jacinta’s excitement about the NBN,” Mr Champion said.

“As Labor’s NBN is rolled out across South Australia, it will create a revolution in how Australians work, access healthcare and education, and do business. It will also deliver tremendous economic and social benefits to the state and the country through increased productivity, greater employment opportunities and better access to information and services.”

Date: 24 August 2012 Contact: Adam Sims 0408 258 457