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Its Live! NBN Hits More Tassies

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Almost 4000 more Tassie residents can now receive super fast broadband of “up to” 100 Mbps following the completion of the latest phase of NBN rollout.

The $36bn National Broadband Network is scheduled to hit a total of 12,800 Tas premises in total in the coming weeks, NBN Co said today.

At a ceremony in Launceston today, the NBN fibre broadband was formally switched on in Deloraine, Triabunna, and Sorrell and Kingston Beach near Hobart.

This comes as three Councils in Victoria have rejected NBN Co tower applications in the past few weeks – the latest in Moorabool Shire following objections by locals following visual impact concerns.

The four new sites switched on today cover 3900 premises in addition to the 4000 already live in the test sites of Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point.

Rollout to the rest of Oz won’t be complete until 2015.

The activation of the network in George Town and St Helens is to take place in the coming weeks, adding a further 4900 homes and businesses to the NBN footprint.

Chairman of NBN Tasmania, Mr. Greg McCann, said: “Tasmanians were the first in the nation to take advantage of the improved broadband access that the NBN will eventually deliver to every Australian.

“I’m delighted that from today many more will be able to benefit from this essential upgrade to Australia’s decades-old telecommunications infrastructure.”

Tasmania will become the first state in Australia to complete NBN rollout. The fibre optic broadband network will cover around 200,000 premises in all.

NBN Co also announced today that it had begun plans to deliver its fixed wireless broadband to around 32,000 premises on the island state not covered by fibre.

Construction in the new sites was carried out by Lend Lease Infrastructure Services working with NBN Co agent Aurora.To get connected to the network, homes in the new rollout locations need to contact one of the internet service providers offering NBN retail packages.