Joint media release
Federal Minister for Communications
Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Member for Mayo
The Hon Jamie Briggs MP
Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield and Liberal Member for Mayo Jamie Briggs today announced that the nbn is right around the corner for Mount Barker residents, with the first connections to be available from next week.
'Superfast broadband is right around the corner for more homes and businesses in Mayo, and the activity here today is providing the infrastructure for the future of education, business and health services,' Minister Fifield said.
'It's an exciting time for residents in Mayo with an additional 12,400 homes and businesses across parts of Mount Barker, Hahndorf, Oakbank, Verdun, Balhannah, Nairne, Blakiston and Littlehampton set to be able to access the nbn's superfast fixed-line broadband over the coming two months,' Mr Briggs said.
Connections across Mount Barker and surrounds will become available on a rolling basis throughout the next two months, beginning with parts of Mount Barker, who will be able to order an nbn service from next Friday, 29 April.
It typically takes around two weeks to connect up to the nbn after placing an order and all residents will require a new modem from a retailer that is compatible with the faster nbn service.
Mount Barker, Hahndorf, Oakbank, Verdun, Balhannah, Nairne, Blakiston and Littlehampton will be provided access to the nbn via Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology. These fixed line connections will provide much improved speeds and reliability compared to current services.
'It has been very exciting to see construction across the Adelaide Hills throughout the last few months and I know many residents are eager to connect to the improved service as soon as possible,' Mr Briggs said.
'More than 30,000 homes and businesses across Mayo can already experience the benefits of the nbn for themselves via a mix of Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) and fixed wireless connections.'
The use of FTTP and FTTN are part of the Government's multi-technology mix approach to building the network, which uses the most appropriate technology to deliver the nbn sooner and at less cost to taxpayers.
Around 126,000 home owners and businesses across South Australia are now able to order an nbn service, and more than 56,000 homes and businesses are already connected to the nbn.
Under the previous Labor Government, the nbn was a mess, and there were only 813 premises connected to the nbn in brownfield areas across the whole of South Australia at the time of the 2013 election.
Under the Turnbull Coalition Government, the nbn is on-track to meet its rollout forecasts and the network is due to be completed nationally in 2020.
For more information about the nbn rollout visit www.nbnco.com.au or contact your preferred internet and phone service provider to get connected.