FIVE eastern suburbs will have access to faster internet after the national broadband network (NBN) switched on in the area this week.
Houses and businesses in parts of Bassendean, Beechboro, Eden Hill, Kiara and Morley now have access to NBN services through their preferred phone or internet provider.
In coming weeks, another 6800 premises in parts of Guildford, South Guildford, Lockridge and more sections of Bassendean, Beechboro and Eden Hill are expected to switch on.
About 5300 premises in Ashfield, Caversham, West Swan and remaining parts of Bassendean and Lockridge are expected to be able to connect in coming months.
NBN WA spokeswoman Ebony Aitken said the community will join more than 500,000 premises across Australia that had access to NBN.
“Access to fast broadband is designed to provide a range of benefits such as improved opportunities to work from home, better access to online education tools and more options for on-demand entertainment,” she said.
“Businesses will be able to improve their productivity through cloud-based sharing with staff and customers as well as have increased opportunities to access new markets through e-commerce.”
WA Senator Dean Smith, who attended a switch-on event in Beechboro on June 6, said the continued progress with the NBN roll out was an “exciting prospect” for the community.