NBN roll-out set to begin


City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels, Downer construction manager Daniel Meerton and City of Rockingham chief executive Andrew Hammond at one of the NBN nodes on Seabrooke Avenue, Rockingham.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels, Downer construction manager Daniel Meerton and City of Rockingham chief executive Andrew Hammond at one of the NBN nodes on Seabrooke Avenue, Rockingham.

Residents can expect to see NBN contractors installing node cabinets and hauling fibre optic cable over the next few weeks in Cooloongup, East Rockingham, Hillman, Peron, Safety Bay, Shoalwater and Waikiki.

The start of construction locally continues the NBN roll-out across WA, with more than 160,000 premises already able to connect to the network.

“This is great news for residents in Rockingham and surrounding suburbs who will soon be able to experience the benefits of fast and reliable broadband in their area,” NBN WA corporate affairs manager Philippa Perry said.

“Theses premises will be receiving fibre to the node (FTTN) technology, which is a way of providing fast broadband by running fibre to the neighbourhood node and pillar and from there using the existing copper network to connect to the premises.

“NBN’s end-user trials have shown FTTN can deliver great speeds to Australians, with most users on the trial getting wholesale speeds of 100 Mbps (for downloads) and 40 Mbps (for uploads).”

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said he was looking forward to being able to connect to faster broadband and said it would be a great asset for the area.

“Obviously we’re keen for the NBN roll-out to continue throughout our suburbs and we’re looking forward to it,” he said. “This has been a long time coming and I think it will be a great asset for the people of Rockingham.”