Keith Pitt welcomes NBN rollout map and tower construction

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt today welcomed NBN Co’s release of the Hinkler suburbs which will be among the first to receive the latest vectored VDSL technology over fibre-to-the-node connections.

Mr Pitt announced in June that Bundaberg, at the northern end of the electorate, was one of only ten sites prioritised nationally for superfast broadband upgrades.

“I’m pleased we can now offer some certainty to about 25,000 Hinkler residents with the release of these initial rollout maps,” Mr Pitt said.

Suburbs included in the initial rollout, where premises are expected to be able to connect in 2015:

  • Bundaberg Central
  • Kalkie
  • Bundaberg East
  • Walkervale
  • Norville
  • Thabeban
  • Avenell Heights
  • Bundaberg South
  • Kepnock
  • Ashfield
  • Millbank
  • Svensson Heights
  • Bundaberg North

NBN Co has so far connected 50 end users to its fibre to the node network, achieving average speeds of 90mbps download and 36mbps upload.This bandwidth would allow a single premise to stream more than 15 high definition video streams at once.

Mr Pitt said almost 30 per cent of premises selected in the initial rollout were classified as ‘underserved’ in the Government’s MyBroadband study, which ranked all suburbs in Australia in terms of the quality and access to fixed line broadband.

“In coming weeks, the community will see workers out in the street, planning the new network and undertaking civil construction work in getting the fibre-to-the-node network built,” Mr Pitt said.

“Bundaberg is a point of interconnect for the NBN, which bodes well for further expansion of fibre-to-the-node to other suburbs across Hinkler.”

Mr Pitt said the Government was delivering on its promise to deliver the NBN sooner, at a lower cost to consumers and taxpayers, by using a mix of technology.

“Construction has begun on fixed wireless internet towers at Apple Tree Creek, Doolbi and Alloway, which between them will service about 1000 premises,” he said.

You can find more information about the rollout at www.nbnco.com.au/maps.

Media contact: Larine Statham 0427 653 814

Further background reading:

https://keithpitt.com.au/news/bundaberg-priority-national-broadband-network

https://keithpitt.com.au/news/adjournment-debate-national-broadband-network

https://keithpitt.com.au/news/nbn-co-recommends-plan-save-taxpayers-and-consumers-money