Rosedale one of NBN anointed

ROSEDALE is among the towns and suburbs which will be connected to the National Broadband Network over the next three years.

The indicative three-year roll-out plan unveiled last week, lists towns where construction of the national fibre network will begin between this month and June 30, 2015.

Under the roll-out, Rosedale will be connected to the network alongside Churchill, Cowes, Morwell and Traralgon.

Work has already begun to connect Sale, Warragul, Drouin, Bunyip and parts of Phillip Island.

Under the roll-out plan, construction of the Victorian fibre network will begin in 279 NBN fibre serving areas modules, each containing about 3000 homes and businesses.

Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said this announcement meant the NBN roll-out was about to go into high gear.

“In the next three years, 691,600 homes and businesses in Victoria will be on the way to having, or will already have, access to NBN fibre services.”

The fibre roll-out is currently under construction to 21,000 premises in Victoria.

There are 2800 homes and businesses that already have access to NBN fibre services.

The NBN will deliver high-speed fibre broadband access to 93 per cent of homes and businesses, capable of speeds of up to one gigabit per second.

Seven per cent will have access to high-speed fixed wireless or next-generation satellite technologies, providing peak speeds of 12 megabits per second.

The NBN has been built to improve online access to health and aged care, education, and access to government services.

“The NBN will also support a new wave of digital innovation that will change the way Australians live, do business, receive services and connect with the world,” Senator Conroy said.

“The NBN will enhance the lives of every Australian, grow productivity, and maintain our global competitiveness.

“It will provide regional Australia in particular with unprecedented opportunities for businesses to connect to distant markets both here and overseas.”

However, State Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said Victoria had received less than 20 per cent of the program funding despite being home to a quarter of Australia’s population, despite assurances the roll-out would be proportional to Victoria’s share of the national population.

“The Gillard government is quite clearly funnelling money into these states to prop up struggling Labor administrations,” he said.

NBN Co’s three-year rollout plan for Victoria includes just 691,000 premises.

“While I am pleased our calls for a greater level of regional and rural construction have been heard, I am concerned about the concentration of the roll-out in a small number of regional centres,” he said.

“Major regional centres such as Mildura, Warrnambool, Wangaratta and Bairnsdale have been overlooked, as have many smaller communities with inadequate services.”