NBN rollout begins in Cannington and surrounding suburbs

NBN installer Peter Gerring with Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield, Swan MP Steve Irons and Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt.
NBN installer Peter Gerring with Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield, Swan MP Steve Irons and Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt.

ON A sleepy suburban street in Cannington, NBN Co�s fibre to the node technology was switched on.

The Stockman Street launch means from Friday residents in Cannington, Wilson, Langford and Beckenham can access fast broadband internet.

Federal Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield joined Member for Swan Steve Irons and Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt for the occasion.

Mr Fifield said it was a momentous occasion for the technology and estimated 26,000 residents would eventually switch to the service; currently WA has 76,000 NBN users.

In response to detractors who call the technology obsolete, Mr Fifield said the NBN had the capacity to go faster in the future.

�The approach we are taking is to get fast broadband out to Australians as fast as we can, NBN is technology agnostic so it will choose the technology to get it out faster,� he said.

�But if there is a need to do something different in the future that is something NBN can look at down the track, but the most important thing is to get fast broadband out.�

Mr Irons said he was thrilled to see the technology arrive, while Mr Wyatt said, �I�m happy because Beckenham gets NBN too� it�s a tremendous opportunity�.

Mr Irons said despite not being an online TV streamer, he expected small businesses to benefit from the increased speeds.

�Using ADSL for many years in business (myself)� local businesses will be able to access fast internet,� he said.