Kwinana NBN internet plan slammed

KWINANA councillors have unanimously agreed to fight NBN Co’s new cost-saving plan to deliver a slower internet service to the area.

Kwinana is one of many suburbs in the State yet to have the fibre-optic technology installed.

In an effort to roll the infrastructure out quicker, NBN Co announced last month that it would change plans for future installations from fibre to the premises to fibre to the node.

The move would mean that rather than individual homes being directly connected to a fibre-optic cable, existing copper lines out from each house would connect to a shared neighbourhood node.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams has labelled the move a sub-par solution to a budget blow-out.

She said residents deserved the fast, reliable internet service promised by Federal Government.

“We were lower on the roll-out list and money is now tight, so we’re basically being offered the second-rate option,” Cr Adams said.

“What this means is that those areas which have already been connected, like Applecross, Victoria Park and South Perth, have access to the best technology while communities like Kwinana will be left behind.”

“We will be lobbying the Federal Government to keep its promise.”

But NBN Co claimed the fibre to the node technology still delivered very high speeds of internet.

In a statement, the company said it expected to be able to activate end-users much faster using the node process with more than 1.6 million homes and business expected to be connected by mid-2018.