Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

One in two Australian homes and businesses now able to access fast, affordable broadband on the NBN

10 July 2017

The rollout of the  National Broadband Network has surpassed the half-way mark ahead of schedule  and ahead of budget, meaning more than 50% of Australian homes and businesses  can now access fast, affordable high-speed broadband.

At the end of the  financial year, the NBN was available to over 5.7 million premises – that's  313,000 premises ahead of NBN's rollout target.

Additionally, more than  2.4 million premises now have an active NBN service – which is 100,000 ahead of  target.

In contrast, when the  Coalition came into Government in 2013 fewer than 300,000 premises had access  to the NBN, and just 51,000 premises had an active service.

Under Labor, the NBN  rollout missed every target it was set.

Under the Coalition, the  rollout has seen more than 11,000 premises become ‘ready for service' on the  NBN every working day over the past year. The number of premises able to access  the NBN has doubled in the same period.

The rollout remains on  track and will be available to every home and business across Australia by  2020.The Coalition's  multi-technology mix has seen new technologies, higher speeds and greater  download quotas introduced into the NBN:

  • Trials  of fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technology have already commenced, with the  large-scale deployment of FTTC to follow in coming months – which will connect  up to one million premises.
  • NBN's  fixed wireless service will soon double its fastest-available download speed to  up to 100 Mbps, and will be launched in early 2018.
  • NBN's  Sky Muster satellite service has increased available data allowances, meaning  users are expected to receive around 50% more peak data and twice as much  off-peak data from October 2017.

While the  Coalition's NBN is ahead of its rollout targets, it is also keeping broadband  prices affordable.

The rollout  milestone coincides with the release of a new report by the Bureau of  Communications and Arts Research (BCAR), showing that broadband prices on the  NBN are comparable to ADSL services, while offering a range of faster speed  tiers and greater choice for consumers.

The BCAR report  shows that regional Australia in particular is benefiting from more choice and  reduced prices thanks to the Coalition's NBN.

More  information on the BCAR's report is available at www.communications.gov.au/bureau-communications-arts-research.

This is in  stark contrast to Labor's rollout, which would have seen a $43 increase in  monthly internet bills.

Labor's  gold-plated NBN would have cost an additional $30 billion, and taken six to  eight years longer to complete, leaving millions of Australians without access  to high-speed broadband well into the next decade.

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