Australia’s national broadband network (nbn) has reached a significant roll-out milestone, with four million premises now Ready for Service (RFS). This landmark means that the nbn network is now available to more than one third of all Australian premises.
By the end of December 2014 nbn had made 778,824 premises RFS. In the following two years, a further 3.22 million premises have been made RFS.
In the last two years nbn, has launched four technologies: FTTB, FTTN, HFC and Sky Muster satellite broadband. FTTN is the driving force behind the increased pace of the build thanks to the very fast pace with which it can be designed and deployed with well over 1 million FTTN premises already RFS.
nbn Chief Network Engineering Officer Peter Ryan described reaching four million premises RFS as “a great achievement” and a testament to the hard work of its people and delivery partners. “We now have the flexibility and the right technologies in place to design and build the network at the speed and scale needed to reach our end goal by 2020. With these four million premises our halfway built milestone comes into focus – we are expecting to reach this around the middle of the year.”
By 2020, nbn’s goal is for all Australians to have access to the nbn network, with a forecast 11.9 million premises RFS and 8 million premises activated on the network.