Senator Stephen Conroy announced that the Government will make an equity injection of $100 million into NBN Tasmania, to facilitate the further roll-out of fibre-to-the-home broadband in the state.
The third stage of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout would extend to 90,000 premises in the major population centres of Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.
“In total, the first three stages of the NBN will target 100,000 premises in Tasmania, including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals, which will receive high-speed broadband. Detailed design work is now underway for Stage 3, with 40,000 premises in Hobart, 30,000 in Launceston and 10,000 in each of Burnie and Devonport to have access to superfast broadband via optic fibre,” says Senator Conroy.
The rollout of the NBN in Tasmania is being delivered by the Australian and Tasmanian governments through their publicly owned entities, NBN Tasmania and Aurora Energy. NBN Tasmania chose the sites in conjunction with Aurora Energy.
Senator Conroy said the focus for the Stage 3 urban-based roll-out would be on delivering strong commercial outcomes and leveraging off the economies of scale that a large rollout would bring.
“This is about more than just high-speed telecommunications, it is about better access to health services for Tasmanian families and better education opportunities for Tasmanian kids. It’s about creating and keeping jobs in Tasmania,” added Senator Conroy.
The first two stages of the roll-out are focused on extending the Tasmanian optic fibre backbone network and delivering better telecommunication services into regional Tasmanian communities. As design and construction work for stages 1, 2 and 3 progress, details of further stages will be released.
“Ultimately, 200,000 homes, businesses, schools and hospitals in Tasmania will have access to optic fibre and superfast broadband speeds of up to 100 megabits per second. Other premises outside the footprint will have the benefit of next-generation wireless and satellite services, which will deliver faster and cheaper broadband. From a position of having the worst broadband penetration in the nation, Tasmania will become a global leader with the delivery of the NBN,” concluded Senator Conroy.