When is NBN coming to my area?

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The National Broadband Network is close to covering major cities and regions at just above 3 Million mark and counting. New territories from the rural and regional areas have also been added including Tasmania, Western Australia, The Southwest, parts of Northern Territory, rural NSW and more.

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There are still uncovered areas with NBN demand and need, and this is currently being worked on. Not all NBN services will be available in some newer locations. Although a large number of these will eventually be completed, some areas with existing communities will still go through longer processes to finally get NBN.

A quick search through with NBN’s roll out schedule can confirm how soon this is accomplished. But there are other reasons that are minor, such as the market being limited and not commercially feasible at this point to sustain, as well as lack of facilities, or not enough demand in numbers.

For these situations, we have a few options to consider, aside from the waiting list. Most have fixed fibre lines yet to be installed and unavailable, but there would be alternate “temporary” broadband services in place, ready for upgrades to NBN once the rollout process gets there and is completed. This is done by registering interest with the ISP after the area status has been confirmed.

Some areas though may have NBN presence, but mostly as Fixed Wireless or Satellite NBN, and even “alternate” forms of wireless NBN or 4G based wireless services, sometimes by rural, independent third party retailers. It may be the best option for NBN at this point, and is speculated to be a default format in these regions.

Fixed wireless and satellite services are easier to set-up and more available in these areas. Given the recent advancements of both formats with wider wireless coverage, new facilities, and two Sky Muster satellites now in orbit, we are looking at this as the possible first hand solution.

To speed up the process, one option for small communities is to apply for a group NBN connection that would be considered and approved depending on the policies of the ISP. A similar feature option for these distant communities is to request NBN Co. a specific, preferred form of NBN through their Technology Choice format.

There are challenges to overcome with some phases of the roll out, and could be anything from construction issues, to issues in sourcing the nearest fibre optic source connection or hub, an absence of a POI or Point of Interconnect, lower hierarchy in the rollout campaign schedule, and possibly a few other reasons. This depends on how far and complete the roll out has been integrated into the network.

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