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Australia's NBN Co begins large-scale network rollout

04 апреля 2012

Two of Australia's Internet service providers (ISPs) have taken the wraps off their National Broadband Network (NBN) service launch plans after the government pledged to extend the nationwide wholesale network to 3.5 million premises within the next three years.

iiNet on Monday announced it would become the first ISP to offer services on all three of the network's access technologies – fibre-optic, satellite, and fixed wireless – when its services go live next month.

"We were first with Naked DSL and IPTV and now we're first to bring a full NBN service suite to the market," claimed iiNet CEO Michael Malone, who described offering customers all three access methods as a "significant milestone" for the company.

For A$49.95 per month, iiNet's fixed wireless customers will be able to connect at speeds of up to 12 Mbps. Data usage will be capped at 20 GB peak time, and 20 GB off-peak per month.

Meanwhile Internode, which was acquired by iiNet in December for A$105 million ($109 million), on Monday commercially launched an NBN fixed wireless service using the network's first LTE base station, which covers around 770 premises in Armidale, New South Wales.

"Although some premises may currently have ADSL or 3G mobile broadband coverage, in most cases there are few or no broadband alternatives, so it's great news for the people who live there," said Internode product manager Jim Kellett.

Prices start from A$49.95 per month for 30 GB of data, reaching A$139.95 for 1 TB.

The announcements were made after the Australian government last week pledged to either connect, or start work on connecting, more than 3.5 million premises including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals to its new fibre network between now and the end of June 2015.

"Construction contracts are in place and the major commercial and regulatory hurdles have been cleared, giving us the momentum we need to deliver better broadband to every Australian no matter where they live," said Mike Quigley, chief executive of NBN Co, the state-owned company tasked with deploying the network.

Not surprisingly the most densely-populated territories located in the eastern part of Australia will see the highest volume of connections.

New South Wales will see more than 1 million premises connected, while Queensland and Victoria will see more than 650,000 respectively (see below for full breakdown).

Building the network is scheduled to take around 10 years. When completed, 93% of premises will be able to access broadband via fibre, 4% via fixed wireless, and the other 3% via satellite.

The numbers of premises across Australia that will see construction begin or be completed by mid 2015 are:

  • New South Wales: 1,010,700
  • Victoria: 691,600
  • Queensland: 678,600
  • Western Australia: 429,200
  • South Australia: 327,300
  • Australian Capital Territory: 135,300
  • Northern Territory: 65,200
  • Tasmania: 209,100


Источник: Total Telecom

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