Uneven wait times on NBN rollout in Wanneroo and Joondalup

THE wait is over for many City of Wanneroo and City of Joondalup residents waiting for the National Broadband Network to begin construction in their area.

The Federal Government last week 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.

Properties in 15 suburbs from Darch to Quinns Rocks are expected to be the first serviced next year but residents of 39 other local suburbs, including Wanneroo, Greenwood and Girrawheen, will have to wait until 2017 and 2018 before work starts in their area.

Some areas will be split between two types of broadband technology – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) and Fibre to the Node (FTTN) – so 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.

“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”.

“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’ve been working hard to deliver real benefits for my constituents,” he said.

But Labor communications spokesman Jason Clare said the plan was “not realistic and not achievable”.

“Under the plan NBN Co has released, half a million homes and businesses with terrible internet access will be left waiting for the NBN at the end of 2018,” he said.