3 August 2011

Gungalin NBN rollout start date announced

| Gungahlin Al
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Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced dates for the rollout of the Stage 2 NBN Pilot Sites. Gungahlin is to start in October.

There is no information about where goes first because as they advised us at a recent meeting in Gungahlin, once they start they will just keep going until all of Gungahlin is done, and then all of Canberra is done.

They quote an average time from commencement to first connections going live of 12 months.

GCC’s Peter Elford will be talking with NBN Co tomorrow, and will be discussing joint community engagement plans. We’ll keep Gungahlin residents posted immediately we have any other news through: www.facebook.com/gungahlin

The media release follows:

NBN rolling out to second release sites

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced that NBN Co will this month commence progressive construction in nine NBN second release sites.

Senator Conroy said NBN Co’s network will be rolled out in a series of modules which cover more than 50,000 premises.

The construction includes new sites in Springfield Lakes, Toowoomba and Aspley in the Brisbane metropolitan area in Queensland; Riverstone in Western Sydney, Coffs Harbour, NSW and Gungahlin, ACT. It will also include extensions to existing works in Armidale, Kiama and Jamberoo in NSW as well as Townsville in Queensland. (See schedule below)

“This is exciting news and is further evidence the NBN is well and truly a reality that is rolling out quickly across Australia,” Senator Conroy said.

“These nine sites represent more than 50,000 premises that will be connected with fibre optic cable that will deliver high speed broadband to every home, business and institution that wants it.”

Senator Conroy said the Definitive Agreements signed between Telstra and NBN Co and the recently announced agreement between NBN Co and Silcar Pty Ltd have paved the way for NBN Co to prepare for the next round of construction on the Australian mainland.

“Already communities in first release sites of Armidale and Minnamurra/Kiama Downs have been connected to the NBN. Soon the communities of Brunswick, Townsville and Willunga will also be connected,” he said.

“The announcement of these new sites demonstrates that momentum is building as the network is rolled out to every home, business, school and hospital in Australia.”

It is estimated that the average time from the start of on-site works in the second release sites to the activation of first services will be around 12 months. NBN Co is continuing negotiations with construction companies to progress the rollout in the 10 remaining second release sites.

Coffs Harbour August 2011
Armidale NSW August 2011
Townsville Qld September 2011
Kiama township and Jamberoo NSW September 2011
Toowoomba Qld October 2011
Gungahlin ACT October 2011
Riverstone NSW November 2011
Goodna/Springfield Lakes November 2011
Aspley- Brisbane metropolitan area December 2011

UPDATE: Katy Gallagher has now made her thoughts known:

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has welcomed the announcement today by NBN Co Limited that work will commence on the national broadband network in Gungahlin from October this year.

Ms Gallagher said from the construction time frames provided by NBN Co, by October 2012, the people of Gungahlin will have access to broadband that is up to 1000 times faster than people are receiving today.

“This will be very welcome news for the people of Gungahlin who have endured ongoing broadband problems,” Ms Gallagher said.

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Thanks Al – good, informative post.

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