NBN Co has added a further 550,000 premises to its roll-out targets for the end of September 2016, about the time when the next federal election will be due.
The addition mean that NBN Co is now scheduled to either have work underway, or in plan to commence, to connect over 3.1 million premises by that date. This is in addition to the 870,000+ already connected to the network.
New communities added to the plan include Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast; Mt Gambier and Whyalla in South Australia; Bendigo and Docklands in Victoria; Bathurst in the NSW Central West and Castle Hill in Sydney’s North West; the township of Broome and the Perth suburbs of Hilton and Bassendean in Western Australia.
The targets do not, at this stage, include any HFC-based services which NBN Co has said it will start introducing from the first quarter of 2016.
Activation of these services will have the potential to further enlarge NBN Co’s customer base quickly, as there will be less need for the time-consuming civil works that have slowed construction of other platforms.