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Lowdown on the NBN

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

NBN’s Ian Scott (left) with field engineer Craig Petersen in the Town Square yesterday. NBN’s Ian Scott (left) with field engineer Craig Petersen in the Town Square yesterday.

The NBN Sky Muster Ute team turned up at the Town Square yesterday morning to answer the public’s questions about the NBN rollout due this year. 

NBN local Ian Scott said they’d had questions from people “wanting to know when do we start, what they need to do, and how it impacts them.”

Mr Scott said locals will have plenty of time to decide to join up after the connection is turned on in the city.

“When we switch it on at the end of the year, people will have 18 months to migrate to that.

“After that 18 month period, existing networks get decommissioned.”

He said that the government’s plan was using the existing infrastructure in town consisting of FTTC (Fibre to the Curb) and FTTN (Fibre to the Node), as well as Satellite access for outback areas if they chose to move to the NBN.

“It is a replacement network,” Mr Scott said.

“If you want to take up a (satellite) service you can. Nothing gets disconnected out there.”

The NBN will be a replacement network for phone and internet in residential and commercial areas, he said. 

People who cannot now get the internet due to a physical connection being unavailable, will be able to by the end of the year.

“Yes, we cater for every single premises. That’s the government’s mandate,” Mr Scott said.

“We have to build the infrastructure that retailers will then base their packages on.”

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