THE National Broadband Network will be available to about 3400 premises across Yanchep and Two Rocks by the end of the year, a residents’ group has heard.
At this month’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, nbn co WA manager Jane McNamara said there were three “jigsaw pieces” of construction in the area to install the fibre-to-the-node technology.
“The rollout in Yanchep-Two Rocks started some months ago; one piece of the network has actually been switched on,” she said. “By Christmas, Yanchep-Two Rocks will be NBN-ready.
“We are pretty much running fibre from the Telstra Exchange to the node, which is a green box, then copper to the premises.
“The homeowner receives an NBN pack in the mail telling you about the rollout and how it impacts your property.”
Ms McNamara said after receiving the packs, residents should contact their preferred phone or internet provider, and encouraged them to research options and talk to friends and family about services.
“The NBN website is a great reference tool, it will allow you to see when your premises has NBN or give a timeframe,” she said. “It gives all sorts of other information about how to connect.
“You have 18 months to move across to NBN, even if you just want a (landline) phone. If you don’t want a (landline) phone and are happy to go off mobile data, then you don’t have to.
“After that 18 months, if you have a copper landline, that won’t work anymore.
“You will get notification up until five weeks before; we don’t want anyone to be in a situation where they don’t have phone or internet.”
Ms McNamara said in newer estates, developers were responsible for putting the fibre into homes.
She said there were 10 providers for regional areas, where the Sky Muster satellite service was used rather than fibre.
She said there were four speed options so people should choose appropriate packages to meet their needs.
“Speeds experienced over the NBN network are influenced by a range of factors, such as the technology used to deliver the network,” she told the Times.
Other factors affecting speed included equipment quality, software, broadband plans provided by service providers, signal reception and age of smart devices used to connect to the internet.