EXCLUSIVE: NBN announces construction to begin in dozens of Perth suburbs before end of 2017

NBN workers installing fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technology.
Perth's NBN rollout will ramp up in these areas over the next six months.
NBN workers installing fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technology. Perth's NBN rollout will ramp up in these areas over the next six months.

MORE than 150,000 homes and businesses across 80 Perth suburbs have been earmarked for new NBN construction work in the second half of 2017.

NBN announced this morning that the nation-wide infrastructure project was officially at the halfway point, with more than 590,000 WA homes and businesses able to connect to the network already.

The next six months will see the rollout continue in Perth’s metropolitan suburbs.

Construction will commence in suburbs such as Tuart Hill, Edgewater, Mount Lawley, Nedlands, Karrinyup, East Fremantle, Scarborough and Kalamunda before the end of 2017.

It takes between six and nine months for homes and businesses to connect to the network once construction has begun.

“We’re building a nationwide network that has the ability to deliver wholesale speeds which are currently around eight times faster than the majority of Australia’s existing broadband services.”

NBN’s WA corporate affairs manager Ebony Aitken said the project was one of the most complex and ambitious of its kind in the world.

“With the national rollout now at the halfway mark, our team will continue to ramp up work to build the network to help meet the demand in Perth,” she said.

“To ensure residents get the best possible internet experience, it’s important they speak with their preferred retail service provider and discuss a speed and data plan which suits their needs.”

Full list of suburbs to begin construction before the end of the year:

Northern suburbs (61,750 homes and businesses)

Alexander Heights
Ashby
Balga
Ballajura
Burns Beach
Edgewater
Girrawheen
Hamersley
Hillarys
Hocking
Iluka
Joondalup
Kallaroo
Karrinyup
Kingsley
Kinross
Malaga
Marangaroo
Padbury
Pearsall
Scarborough
Sinagra
Tapping
Trigg
Wanneroo
Woodvale

Western suburbs (25,240 homes and businesses)

Claremont
Crawley
Churchlands
Floreat
Jolimont
Mount Claremont
Nedlands
Perth
Shenton Park
Subiaco
Wembley
West Leederville
West Perth

Eastern suburbs (50,900 homes and businesses)

Balcatta
Balga
Bayswater
Dianella
Inglewood
Maylands
Menora
Mirrabooka
Mount Lawley
Nollamara
Osborne Park
Stirling
Tuart Hill
Westminster
Yokine

Southern suburbs (22,540 homes and businesses)

Alfred Cove
Attadale
Bicton
Canning Vale
East Fremantle
Lynwood
Melville
Murdoch
Myaree
North Lake
Palmyra
Parkwood
Riverton
Southern River
Willetton

Hills suburbs (8500 homes and businesses)

Bickley
Carmel
Gooseberry Hill
Kalamunda
Lesmurdie
Piesse Brook
Walliston