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Australia - National Broadband Network - The FttH Rollout


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By 2012 the NBN rollout is well and truly underway.

Tasmania received the first FttH connections. NBN Co used 2011 to test various design and technology issues in the first five mainland sites. They also invited the first RSPs to become involved in these tests. The official rollout was launched in late 2011 with the announcement of the next 28 sites. This will see the NBN being rolled out to over 500,000 premises during 2012. The next rollout announcement is expected in early 2012.

Rollout selections are based on a range of elements such as the locations of the POIs and technical and geographical issues, and the NBN-readiness of local communities is also playing a key role in this strategy.

By the end of 2011 the government successfully completed its Regional Backbone Blackspots Program, which saw the construction of 6,000 kilometres of high-speed infrastructure, covering just under 400,000 people in regional Australia.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction
3. National Roll Out
3.1 Four million households within reach of the NBN by 2015 (analysis)
4. Tasmania
4.1 NBN Roll Out
4.1.1 Stages 1 and 2
4.1.2 Second release sites in Tasmania
4.1.3 Stage 3 of the rollout
4.1.4 Tassie cities next
4.1.5 Completion Tasmania roll out
4.1.6 Fixed-wireless roll out
4.2 Other NBN related Projects
4.2.1 Tasmanian SmartStreet Project
4.2.2 Tasmania’s innovation strategy for NBN and smart grids
4.2.3 Broadband delivered by TV tested as part of the NBN
5. Rollout Progress Early 2012
6. The First Release sites
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Armidale
6.3 Kiama
6.4 Willunga
7. The rollout
7.1 The Rollout Begins - March 2011
7.2 Second-release mainland sites
7.3 Roll out program for 2012
7.3.1 Dapto first on the list for 2012
7.3.2 Eight more cities announced – February 2012
7.3.3 Roll outs northern Queensland
7.3.4 South Morang
8. Rollout issues - Analysis
8.1 Community engagement
8.2 Opt-in/Opt-out
8.3 Inhouse networking
8.4 What about existing FttH users?
8.5 Regionalised rollouts
9. First fixed wireless rollouts
10. Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP)
10.1 Background information
10.2 Progress report
10.3 Adelaide blackspots receiving high-speed broadband
11. Fibre-to-the-apartment
12. Other quick-win areas
13. NBN initiatives NSW
13.1.1 New estates
13.1.2 Energy consumption portal
13.1.3 Keep in Touch
13.1.4 Connected classes and interactive storytelling from home
13.1.5 HDTV Internet on the TV
14. Related reports
List of Tables and Exhibits
Table 1 - Deployment schedule for 2012-15 corporate plan
Table 2 – Numbers of premises passed
Table 3 – NBN take up rates first release sites
Table 4 - NBN Co 2012 rollout schedule
Exhibit 1 – The Regional Backbone Blackspots Program – overview of rollout and status – 2011

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