NBN Co has cut the ribbon on the first new housing development to receive National Broadband Network (NBN) access — the Bunya Estate in Doonside, Sydney.
The housing development covers 88 hectares, with stage one of the rollout to include 112 premises and made available to residents upon the Estate’s completion in October. A total of 730 houses will be connected to the network upon the rollout’s completion, expected to be mid-2012.
NBN Co chief executive, Mike Quigley, said in a statement that Bunya was "not a trial site".
"Residential houses are in the final stages of completion on site, and new residents will have access to telephone and high speed internet services delivered over the NBN as soon as they move in,” he said.
According to Quigley, more than 1.9 million new homes will be constructed in Australia during the NBN rollout.
“NBN Co has already received more than 2200 new development applications for fibre infrastructure nationally,” he said.
“This represents over 176,000 premises and we continue to receive about 50 new applications each week.”
NBN Co’s network construction and activation in new housing estates has been timed so that residents can order services from a retail service provider, such as Internode or Telstra, when they move in.
Under the federal government’s Fibre in New Developments Policy, announced in June 2011, developers of new housing estates in Australia must install pit and pipe infrastructure to NBN Co specifications and standards.
Government policy also allows for NBN Co and Telstra to be the fibre infrastructure providers if the housing estate developer does not choose an alternative provider.
In other NBN Co news, Quigley told the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) annual conference that the company is under intense lobbying from councils around Australia to prioritise NBN rollouts in their electorates.
Quigley said the company’s new plan to develop a national public information campaign — beginning with a 12-month network rollout plan followed by a three-year network rollout plan — would result in an intensification of current council lobbying.
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