Fast nbn broadband is just around the corner with construction officially underway to connect 7,300 homes and businesses in parts of Yarrawonga and Mulwala to the nbn access network.
Crews will be on the ground, checking pits and pipes, laying the fibre backbone to the network and installing node cabinets throughout the area, with people expected to be able to progressively start making the switch from May next year.
In May next year about 3,300 homes and businesses in parts of Yarrawonga and Mulwala will be able to make the switch. Then in August the remaining 4,000 homes and businesses in Yarrawonga will be able to make the switch.
Currently more than 1,700 homes and businesses in parts of Yarrawonga, Mulwala, Esmond, Bundalong, Bundalong South, Telford, Peechelba, St James and Tungamah are already able to connect to the nbn™ network using fixed wireless technology.
Many premises in the region are also eligible to connect to the nbn through the Sky Muster™ satellite service which has been available to regional and remote Australians since April 2016.
Head of nbn™ local Victoria and Tasmania, Ebony Aitken said it is terrific news for Yarrawonga and Mulwala as it means the community will be fully connected to the nbn™ access network once construction is complete.
“Commencing in May next year, many local residents and businesses will have access to fast broadband; something that has been desperately needed in regional and rural Australia for many years,” Ms Aitken said.
“Currently more than 6.2 million homes and business in Australia, and 1.4 million in Victoria are able to connect to the nbn access network.
“Bridging Australia’s digital divide is vital for regional areas like Yarrawonga and Mulwala with the nbn access network helping to enable residents and businesses to be more productive, more creative, more efficient and more connected for decades to come.”
Due to the civil works required in the construction of the nbn access network, residents and businesses may experience some disruptions.
“We apologise for any inconvenience experienced while this important work is carried out,” She said.
For general project enquiries, please contact the nbn customer service team on 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626).
More information on the nbn™ network can be found by visiting www.nbnco.com.au/switch.