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NBN Co updates rollout plan, connects Wollongong

NBN Co has updated its rollout of the National Broadband Network, with an additional 550,000 homes and businesses able to make the jump from dial-up, DSL, or ADSL by September 2016.

Communities added to the plan include Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast; Mt Gambier and Whyalla in South Australia; Bendigo and Docklands in Victoria; Bathurst in the NSW Central West and Castle Hill in Sydney’s North West; the township of Broome and the Perth suburbs of Hilton and Bassendean in Western Australia.

The quarterly construction update includes work already underway or in plan to commence before the end of September 2016.

Wollongong wired up

NBN Co also announced the recent connection of more than 4,500 homes and businesses in parts of Wollongong and Corrimal in New South Wales.

The announcement was made at an official switch-on event held in digital specialist agency Internetrix, one of the first small businesses in Wollongong to connect to a service over the NBN.

NBN Co spokesperson Darren Rudd said Illawarra was now one of the most connected regions in the country, with more than 18,000 homes and businesses now able to access fast broadband via services over the NBN.

“As local businesses continue to move away from traditional industries, access to the NBN has the potential to build a stronger “÷knowledge worker’ base and act as a key driver of productivity and economic growth,” said Mr Rudd.

Across the Illawarra region, physical construction is also underway to expand the network to an additional 30,000 homes and businesses.

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