THE wait is over for many City of Wanneroo and City of Joondalup residents who have been wondering when the National Broadband Network will begin construction in their area.
The Federal Government today announced a three-year rollout to 9.5 million homes nationwide, releasing a full construction schedule from NBN Co – the Government-funded company tasked with building the network.
More than 100,000 residences across the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup are to be connected between now and 2018.
Just under 22,000 properties in 15 suburbs from Darch up to Quinns Rocks are expected to be the first serviced next year.
But occupants across 39 other local suburbs, including Wanneroo, Greenwood and Girrawheen, will have to wait until 2017 and 2018 before work commences in their area.
Some areas will be split between two types of broadband technology – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) and Fibre to the Node (FTTN).
This means some properties in the same suburb will be serviced sooner than others.
In Joondalup, for example, some properties will have HFC technology installed in the first half of 2016, while others will have to wait until the first half of 2017 to have FTTN installed.
A breakdown of street locations is not yet available.
“We don’t have the details on exactly which areas are which at the moment, because that will require NBN Co sending people to the physical streets to do surveying,” a spokeswoman for Moore MHR Ian Goodenough said.
More than 1.3 million homes in Australia are already connected to the high-speed internet service.
Mr Goodenough said the release of the plan was a “huge step forward”.
He highlighted the benefits for Joondalup Health Campus.
“The Joondalup Health Campus will utilise the high bandwidth to facilitate telemedicine, specialist medical imaging, robotic medical procedures, and promote interactive experiential learning in conjunction with remote universities,” he said.
Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins was equally buoyed by the announcement.
“I am pleased I can deliver real outcomes and end the uncertainty in the community… I have been working very hard to deliver real benefits for my constituents,” he said.
But Labor communications spokesman Jason Clare had his doubts about the plan.
“Even under the plan that NBN Co has released, half a million homes and business with terrible internet access will be left waiting for the NBN at the end of 2018,” he said.
NBN construction commencement
January to June 2016
Butler, Carabooda, Connolly, Clarkson, Darch, Edgewater, Jindalee, Joondalup (HFC), Landsdale, Madeley, Merriwa, Mindarie, Ocean Reef, Quinns Rocks, Ridgewood, Tamala Park.
January to June 2017
Alexander Heights, Beldon, Burns Beach, Craigie, Currambine, Greenwood (HFC), Heathridge, Hillarys, Iluka, Joondalup (FTTN), Kallaroo, Kingsley, Kinross, Marangaroo, Mullaloo, Ocean Reef, Padbury, Woodvale.
July to December 2017
Ashby, Banksia Grove, Carramar, Duncraig (HFC), Girrawheen, Gnangara, Hocking, Jandabup, Koondoola, Mariginiup, Neerabup, Pearsall, Sinagra, Tapping, Wangara, Wanneroo.
January 2018 to June 2018
Duncraig (FTTN), Greenwood (FTTN), Marmion, Warwick.
HFC: Hybrid Fibre Coaxial technology
FTTN: Fibre to the Node technology