The NBN has disclosed the locations that will be targeted for FTTN upgrades, allowing customers to place orders with ISPs. It is part of the company's larger $3.5 billion network expansion plan, which intends to make the NBN's highest wholesale speed tiers available to about 8 million locations, which is about 75% of homes and businesses on the fixed-line network, as demand arises, by 2023.
Which suburbs are in the queue?
|By the end of November,||The first localities to receive FTTN upgrades will be Castle Hill in Sydney, Salisbury, Golden Grove, and Osborne in Northern Adelaide|
|On January 27,||Elizabeth in Adelaide, Holsworthy and Liverpool in Sydney, and Lyndhurst in Melbourne will be added.|
|On Febuary ,||Berwick South in Melbourne, as well as Gepps Cross and Croydon in Adelaide, will be included. Service areas in Cannington and Girrawheen in Perth are included in the final batch, which is slated for February 20, 2022.|
|On March,||A single batch of Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) service locations will be ready for testing on March 14th. In Adelaide, Elizabeth and Croydon will be affected; in Sydney, Kogarah, Springwood, and Revesby will be affected; and in Melbourne, Seaford and Coburg will be affected.|
FTTN will be tested until March 21 of the following year, with the last order placed on March 14, and FTTC will be tested until May 9 of the following year, with the last orders called on April 28. Between December 20 and January 10, the NBN stated that it would not accept test orders.
The agreement states that NBN expects RSP to share the maximum number of test orders under this test: 500 for the FTTN Network and 25 for the FTTC Network.
"It began testing in September with a small number of retailer ISPs," NBN later stated. They will, however, be able to place orders to connect to approximately 6,000 locations, with approximately 25,000 locations being eligible throughout the trial. New fibre has been installed in 17,000 locations across New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. Furthermore, 325,000 premises in Australia are undergoing the construction of local fibre extensions.
NBN has so far rolled out 3,100 kilometres of new fibre.
To receive an upgrade of a full fibre connection, FTTN users should always procure a plan that is faster than 100 Mbps and while FTTC users should always procure a plan that is faster than 250 Mbps.
The next 200,000 premises will be able to upgrade from FTTN, with work set to begin on Monday. In that regard, 400,000 new premises will be announced to meet the company's two million premises upgrade target.
NBN COO Kathrine Dyer said on Monday: "By the end of 2023, we expect to be able to provide access to NBN's highest wholesale speed tiers on-demand to around 8 million premises, which is around 75% of homes and businesses on the fixed-line network."