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NBN in sight

Saturday, 22nd April, 2017

By Kara de Groot

The NBN rollout is underway in Broken Hill, with some property and infrastructure inspections already taking place.

North Broken Hill is expected to receive Fibre To The Curb (FTTC) sometime in the first half of next year, while South Broken Hill should expect to see the same rollout in the second half of 2018.

NBN spokesperson Marcela Balart said people in Broken Hill should be able to make the switch to the NBN in the second half of the year.

“Broken Hill will have access to the NBN network ahead of 2020 and the original rollout timings, providing the community with greater opportunities in education, business, health care, entertainment and community engagement,” Ms Balart said.

“It will also help locals to be more productive, more creative, more efficient and more connected for decades to come,” she said.

“NBN has begun initial design work in what is the preliminary stage of the network design process, with further details expected in the coming months following meetings with local council.”

Since last year some homes and businesses in the area have been able to access the NBN via satellite, however the fibre technology will allow significantly faster speeds.

Previously the NBN was planning to roll out Fibre To The Node (FTTN) technology, which would see the existing copper wires running for several hundred metres from a central point to homes.

The new FTTC technology will see fibre laid to the telecom pit outside homes - on the curb - and the existing copper lines between the pit and the home utilised.

This has the advantage of increasing internet speed, and decreasing the power cost for homes.

At this stage more than 70 per cent of the NBN’s infrastructure rollout has been in regional Australia, which now has more than 2 million homes signed up to the network.

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