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200K Homes Told To Wait For NBN

Some 200,000 homes across the country are said to be facing major delays in being hooked up to the NBN, largely due to connection difficulties.

The problems include long driveways, hazardous conditions or sites too far away from NBN local nodes, NBN Co said at the weekend. Properties need to be within about 1km of the node to deliver download speeds of 25 megabytes per second, according to the NBN Co announcement.

“Back in June 2013, when NBN was deploying solely fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) technology, around 34 percent of premises in brownfield areas – 55,000 premises from 163,000 total premises passed – were unserviceable,” it said

“Since moving to the multi-technology mix and using new technologies such as fibre-to-the-node (FttN) and hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC), we have reduced this figure to just 5.8 percent, with 253,000 unserviceable premises from a total of 4.3 million premises passed in brownfield areas …

“NBN is working on a range of measures to enable currently unserviceable premises to connect to the NBN network as soon as possible.”

NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has stressed that all premises should still be connected by 2020.

“It is unfortunate that some people are at the end of that build rather than the fortunate ones that are at the beginning of that build,” quoth Bill.

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