NBN Co has said it aims to have its broadband network almost 50 per cent complete by 30 June 2017.
By this date, the company will be targeting a total footprint of 5.4 million homes and businesses. By June 2018, the company expects that 9 million homes and businesses will be able to connect to the network, with the end of the rollout in sight.
“Mid-way through the year, half the nbn network will be completed,” said NBN CEO Bill Morrow.
“This will be a significant turning point as we aim to finish the build by 2020 and become the first fully-connected continent in the world.”
While more than 70 per cent of NBN’s rollout has occurred in regional and rural areas, this year will see more construction commence in metropolitan areas.
“We understand there will be some disruption for residents and business owners as the 14,000 people working across NBN and our delivery partners complete the task as soon as possible.”
Some of the metropolitan areas where construction will begin or switch on this year:
New South Wales – City of Sydney, Campbelltown, Warringah, Randwick, Hills District
Victoria – Boroondara City, Casey City, Glen Eira City, Knox City, Moonee Valley City
Queensland – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast
South Australia – Onkaparinga, Salisbury
Western Australia – Fremantle, Bassendean
Tasmania – Hobart, Devonport