Updated February 13, 2019 12:15:17 Australia’s Federal Government has confirmed the nation’s broadband rollout will commence in 2019 with the launch of the nations first fibre optic broadband rollout in the country’s capital, Canberra.
Key points:The rollout will be completed by the end of 2019, which will bring the rollout in line with the nation, the Federal Government saidIn a statement, NBN Co said it will deliver a total of 300 gigabytes of fibre-optic capacity to Canberra and the Northern Territory in the 2019/20 financial yearThe rollout is the culmination of nearly a decade of planning, which has involved $6.4 billion worth of infrastructure projects and upgrades, including the rollout of fibre to the node (FTTN) technology to the copper network, the construction of the first Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) node and the installation of a network management centre to ensure that every customer is connected to the NBN.
The Federal Government announced the rollout on Monday as part of a $6 billion infrastructure package to build a “multi-technology mix” of broadband networks across the nation.
It said that by the middle of 2019 the rollout would be completed and that “the vast majority” of the rollout’s infrastructure would be in place.
“The Government will complete the full rollout of NBN Co’s NBN in 2019 and deliver the NBN to all Australians by the first half of 2020,” the statement said.
“This will ensure that all Australians can enjoy the benefits of the NBN in a safe, reliable and affordable way.”
In the statement, the Government said that in the early 2020s it would have completed the first FTTP node and fibre to premises (FTT) rollout, which would have delivered approximately 100 gigabytes (GB) of fibre by the mid-2020s.
The Government said it was “committed to delivering fibre-to-the-premises (FTP) by 2020” and that this was the “final stage of the full fibre-vision programme”.
“The next phase of the fibre-coaxial (FTTC) programme will include the first 100GBs of FTTN by the late 2020s,” the Government statement said, “with fibre-fibre to premises being rolled out by 2022.”
The NBN Co statement said that “all existing premises will be connected to NBN Co fibre” in 2019, and that the Government had already signed the “First Tenant Agreement” with Telstra which included an obligation to ensure the fibre would be “fibrous to premises”.
“This agreement, which includes all existing premises, is the first contract of its kind between NBN Co and Telstra in the nation,” the Federal Minister for Communications and Communications Infrastructure, David Thodey, said in a statement.
“It will enable NBN Co to deliver the full Fibre To The Premises rollout across the entire country, without additional copper, and will provide an incentive for the rollout to be completed in a timely and cost-effective manner.”
Fibre optic infrastructure to be installed in CanberraIn the announcement, the Prime Minister also announced that NBN Co would install fibre optic infrastructure in Canberra to deliver a “national fibre network” by the year 2021.
The $6-billion upgrade will include a “National Fibre Network”, with fibre optic networks in Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart, and in Melbourne.
It will also include “a fibre to all premise (FTTH) network”, with 100 megabits per second (Mbps) FTTP networks in Canberra and Melbourne.
The Minister said the NBN Co will install “the largest and fastest-operating fibre network in the world” to ensure “that Australians can benefit from the NBN”.
“We are confident that our NBN will provide Australians with the fastest, most reliable and cost effective broadband available anywhere in the Australian economy,” he said.
The announcement came just days after NBN Co announced the launch date for its fibre-powered satellite broadband network, which is due to begin service in 2019.
The company said it would be able to start delivering fibre optic services in the first quarter of 2019.
“We believe that the first fibre-based satellite network will offer Australians the most competitive access to the internet available anywhere,” the company said.
“This is why the Government has given the Government a green light to begin fibre-wireless satellite broadband services in 2019.”
The company also announced it would begin offering fibre to a “preferred customer” in the Territory.
“A pre-existing fibre-network in the territory will allow NBN Co customers to connect directly to the network, ensuring they are able to access their favourite services without a satellite connection,” NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow said in the statement.
The company has already announced that it will roll out the first three FTTNs in South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.
In a press release on Monday, NBN said the rollout “will include a fibre to an area of more than 50,000 premises”.
The Federal Communications Minister said he was confident