Joint Release with Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann
The National Broadband Network rollout continues to exceed its connection and financial targets, according to nbn’s latest full-year results announcement.
nbn’s 2016 full-year results are the latest evidence of the benefits of the Coalition’s faster, more affordable nbn rollout.
The nbn has now hit each of its targets for nine consecutive quarters – an unbroken run for over two years, and shows that the Coalition’s multi-technology mix nbn is enabling more Australians to experience the benefits of high-speed broadband as quickly as possible.
This level of revenue growth could only be achieved because the nbn is being connected to more premises, more quickly than ever before.
nbn had a target of 2.632 million homes ready for service – they beat that target by over a quarter of a million premises. nbn had a target of 955,000 premises activated – they beat that target by over 100,000 premises.
There are now close to 1.2 million paying customers on the nbn network. That’s up from just 51,000 customers connected to the built network when Labor was in charge of the rollout – more than 20 times as many customers in less than three years.
Under the Coalition the nbn is meeting its rollout and financial targets – allowing more Australians, especially in regional areas, to do business online, study via virtual classrooms, and connect with family and friends.
The cost of living matters to the Coalition, so the Government has instructed nbn to continue rolling out the network as economically as possible. This is in sharp contrast to Labor’s latest broadband policy that would have added $8 billion more to the cost of the nbn network – a cost that would have hit every family’s monthly internet bill.
More than one-quarter of Australian homes and businesses can now access an nbnservice, and the company is aiming to reach almost half of all households by mid-2017.
For more information on when and how to connect to the nbn network visit www.nbnco.com.au
Minister Fifield: Mark Briers | 0428 965 189 | Mark.Briers [at] communications.gov.au
Minister Cormann: Karen Wu | 0428 350 139 | karen.wu [at] finance.gov.au