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NBN Available to Three Million Homes and Businesses

Friday, 19 Aug 2016

IA

1.1 million take it up, mostly at 25 Mbps or less.

The National Broadband Network is active in over one million homes and businesses and available to a further two million.

The network builder this week released its fiscal year results for 2015-16, which were fronted by the passing of two build milestones.

The number of premises with active NBN retail services fell just shy of 1.1 million by the end of June, which is more than double where it was a year ago.

In total, three million homes and businesses can now order a retail service if they so choose. Of the 1.9 million that haven’t, 70 percent are in “non-metro and regional Australia”.

“As we have confirmed throughout the year, the rollout of the NBN network is very much on track,” NBN chief Bill Morrow said.

“Today, nearly two thirds of the nation’s premises are currently in design, in construction or able to order an NBN service, and that is tangible progress.”

The Government was quick to latch onto the numbers, though Communications Minister Mitch Fifield faced questions on why more people aren’t taking up retail services, particularly those offered at higher speeds.

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