Yarrawonga and Mulwala residents are expected to get the highly anticipated NBN fixed line network in the second half of 2018 according to NBN Co.
Corporate Affairs Advisor Kasey Ellison confirmed with the Yarrawonga Chronicle last week that construction is planned to commence in Yarrawonga and Mulwala later this year.
Ms Ellison said they are aiming to make the NBN fixed line network available to about 7,300 homes and businesses.
“It is expected these premises will be able to switch to an NBN powered plan between July and September 2018,” Ms Ellison confirmed.
“They will join about 700 premises on the outskirts of Yarrawonga that have been able to take advantage of services over NBN’s fixed wireless technology since 2015.
“Many premises in the wider surroundings are eligible to connect to retail services on the NBN network through the Sky Muster satellite service which has been available from retailers to regional and remote Australians since April last year.
“People can find out when they will be eligible to connect and register their details to receive updates by using the Check Your Address function at www.nbnco.com.au/switch
“For the first time in history people also have a choice of speeds so I’d encourage everyone to discuss their specific internet needs with their retailer and sign up for the package that is right for them.”
The NBN fixed line network offers download speeds from 12 Mbps (megabytes per second) through to a a superfast 100 Mbps. For those people who have multiple users and want to stream 4k high definition video then higher speeds will be more suitable.
Ms Ellison advised that when selecting a plan from a retail service provider people should keep in mind that 25Mbps download speed is considered where “fast” broadband begins. Retail plans based on NBN’s wholesale 12/1 (12Mmps) speed tier are likely to be comparable with the current ADSL service.
The NBN recently reached a significant rollout milestone with six million homes and businesses now able to connect to the fast broadband network.
The NBN network is being deployed faster than ever with an average of close to 100,000 premises made serviceable per week over the last several months.
The network is more than halfway built and is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-2018 and complete by 2020.
NBN Chief Executive Officer, Bill Morrow, said the pace and scale of this project is unparalleled anywhere in the world.
“Very few operators have built a network as fast as we are building the NBN,” he said.
"The numbers and the momentum are important but contented end users are the key to success and we have every intention of delivering on our plan of connecting eight million happy homes and businesses by 2020.”