Get ready for NBN in 2017

Get ready: Cabinets similar to this one will be set up on Warrnambool streets to provide fibre-to-the-node National Broadband Network access.

Get ready: Cabinets similar to this one will be set up on Warrnambool streets to provide fibre-to-the-node National Broadband Network access.

Almost two years after Warrnambool’s first domestic National Broadband Network (NBN) connections were rolled out in the Russells Creek housing estate, the construction of infrastructure for faster internet access is underway for much of the city.

Victorian NBN spokesman Michael Moore said construction to provide the NBN to about 14,800 homes in the area through a fixed-line service had begun in March this year.

Mr Moore said the the work, which covered much of Warrnambool, Allansford and Dennington, would be completed within 12 months.

“Under the current schedule we expect that areas will start switching on progressively from early in 2017,” Mr Moore said.

Residents in areas where construction is taking place will be able to access fibre-to-the-node technology, which will result in street cabinets being set up.

Individual properties will then be able to be connected to the nodes through existing copper networks.

People in many areas surrounding Warrnambool are already able to access the NBN through fixed wireless technology, which does not provide the same speeds as fibre-to-the-node technology.

However, some people will still miss out on the benefits of the new technology.

Residents in Cudgee are only able to access the NBN through satellite technology due to its geography, resulting in much slower internet speeds.

Mr Moore confirmed it was possible some residents in the area where the construction is taking place may experience issues with their internet connections.

“In a construction project of this magnitude there will be disruptions to services from time to time,” Mr Moore said. 

“Anyone experiencing a disruption to their service should contact their phone or internet company.”

Visit nbnco.com.au/learn-about-the-nbn/rollout-map.html to find out more about the access to the NBN in your area.

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