NBN network rolls out in the wheatbelt

Constructing the National Broadband Network: Fibre pit hauling.
Constructing the National Broadband Network: Fibre pit hauling.

The National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout is well underway for certain areas in the wheatbelt. 

The network has slowly been made available over WA since 2015 and now over 420,000 premises can now have access to the network.

More than 70 percent of the rollout has been within regional areas. 

NBN corporate affairs manager Ebony Aitken said around 900 premises in Northam currently have access and the remaining parts, covering around 2,500 premises are expected to switch on in the next few months.

Ms Aitken said work in York is set to begin this month and is expected to switch on later this year to service around 1,800 premises.

“Earlier this year, work also commenced within Toodyay and Dumbarton centre covering around 800 premises,” she said. “Homes and businesses are expected to be able to connect in mid-2017.”

She said construction is also well underway in Cunderdin, covering around 400 premises and the area is expected to switch on within the next couple of months.

“There’s also a number of fixed wireless towers across Northam, Toodyay and Beverley which are available for around 3,000 homes and businesses to connect to the NBN network,” said Ms Aitken.

Building has also commenced in Wundowie and Bakers Hill. 

She said premises outside the fixed line and fixed wireless footprint such as Quairading, Meckering and Goomalling will be serviced by the Sky Muster satellite which is available now.

Access to fast broadband is designed to provide a range of benefits such as improved opportunities to work from home, better access to online education and health tools and more options for on-demand entertainment.

There are more than 100 retailers offering NBN services over the fixed line network, more than 50 for fixed wireless and ten for the NBN Sky Muster satellite service.

Visit nbn.com.au to view the list of suppliers.

On the website there is also an interactive rollout map, which provides information on building commencement, if your home address or area is serviced and building preparation.