The rollout of the National Broadband Network in Hobart is now 50 per cent complete and a new fixed wireless tower has been switched on in Neika, marking an important stage in the nationwide project.
The new fixed wireless tower will allow residents in several mountain communities to purchase high-speed fixed wireless broadband services.
The occasion was highlighted by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher MP in a statement to the press on 5 September.
“This is a significant milestone for the nbn rollout in Hobart, with half of the premises in the city now able to connect to the network. Just outside the city, nbn’s latest fixed wireless tower has now been activated, and Tasmania will be the first state in Australia to see the nbn rollout completed by June 2018.”
To date, Hobart has seen the installation of six service area modules (SAMs), covering roughly 14,500 homes. In greater Hobart 15 SAMs have been completed connecting the nbn to a further 34,000 premises.
Across the state, approximately 40,000 homes and businesses are now connected to the nbn. The project is progressing at a rate of 800 premises per week, a significant 240 per cent increase from the same time last year.
This rate is expected to increase as the nbn recruitment drive takes on and extra 200 employees across Tasmania.
For further information on the rollout visit the nbn website.