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NBN reaches 5 million premises mark

Getting towards half-way there.

NBN looks set to reach its target of having 5.4 million premises ready for service (RFS) at the end of June – at least if it can keep up the pace of recent weeks. Its final goal is 11.6m-12m premises with 8million activations by 2020.

The company has just reported a record run rate of 140,000 new premises RFS over a 7 day period, numbers that are expected to bring its current total up to some 5.1 million. Of these, approximately half are being served by either FTTN of HFC – platforms which are allowing nbn to accelerate greatly the pace of the roll-out.

Equally importantly, nearly half those RFS premises -some 2.24 million – now have an active service, although as noted in earlier E-bulletins, the majority of those remain in the lower speed tiers of 25Mbps or below.  The NBN business plan relies on customers moving to more expensive, higher speed packages but to date demand for these has not materialised, at least not at mass market level.

Meanwhile, a major construction challenge still looms with the company having set itself the task of reaching another 4 million premises over the next 12 months i.e. well before the expected date of the next federal election.

Source: nbn, Communications Day

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