RESIDENTS in the Gosnells and Cannington areas are a step closer to having NBN after a node was put in Langford last week.
Last month, the NBN launched their fibre to the node (FTTN) product in WA with the first node installed in Cannington.
The FTTN product works as a fibre-optic cable which runs to a neighbourhood node/cabinet and from there uses Telstra’s existing copper lines to deliver high-speed broadband.
The nodes that have been installed in Langford and Cannington are part of the first stage of the process, with broadband NBN expected to be operational next year.
After the node is installed, works begin on building and connecting the cables to the premises around the area.
Each node will reach about 900 metres.
NBN has already made a major difference in terms of internet speeds with trials in New South Wales.
During the trial, it was recorded that users were getting up to 100 megabits per second with the average household currently getting ADSL internet download speeds at two or three megabits per second.
One of the reasons why Langford and Cannington have received NBN earlier than others was because the existing infrastructure is good.
WA corporate affairs manager Philippa Perry said the faster internet would improve communication.
“It will mean very fast broadband for residents and businesses in the area,” she said.
“It will also mean a greater ease of operation for larger and smaller business. This area in terms of existing infrastructure is good, so we can roll out here earlier.”