Superfast broadband has arrived in Mornington as the National Broadband Network (nbn) has now made services available to more than 10,000 homes and businesses – with another 6,000 due to come online in coming weeks.
Residents in Mornington can now begin ordering their nbn service from a retail service provider.
Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, said residents in Mornington should take full advantage of the opportunities available in Australia’s new high-speed broadband era.
“The Australian Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) will boost productivity and provide a platform for innovation to ensure the economic and social benefits of the internet are available to every Australian,” Mr Crewther said.
“The development of digital technologies has reduced business costs, changed how our children study and learn, and created many more ways to engage socially.”
The nbn’s next generation connectivity is fast and reliable, enabling households and small businesses to be more productive and better connected for years to come.
16,500 homes and business in Mornington will be connected to the nbn using fibre to the node (FTTN) technology. FTTN offers average wholesale broadband speeds of around 70 megabits per second (Mbps), with many premises able to access speeds of up to 100 Mbps.
As the nbn goes live in Mornington, many households which were historically unable to connect to ADSL due to the unavailability of ports, are now able to connect to the nbn.
nbn will ensure that at least 90 per cent of the fixed-line footprint will have access to wholesale download speeds of 50 Mbps.
Mr Crewther said the rollout in Dunkley was gathering pace thanks to nbn’s simplified network construction and the company’s strong relationship with local contractors.
“Our changes to Labor’s original rollout have prevented monthly internet bills increasing by up to $43 per month and saved around $30 billion in project funding”.
Under the Coalition, there are more than 4 million homes and businesses able to order an nbn service, and more than 1.8 million paying customers have connected. This compares to just 51,000 connections in the six years of the previous Labor Government.
“It’s an exciting time for residents in Dunkley with close to 25,000 homes and businesses ready for service and close to 20,000 homes now connected to the nbn”, Mr Crewther said.
“When the Coalition came into Government in 2013, there was not a single existing home or business connected to the nbn – despite Labor being in government for two terms. In just over three years, we’ve gone from zero to almost 25,000 premises able to order and nbn service in Dunkley.”
It typically takes a couple of weeks to connect up to the nbn after placing an order, and all residents will require new in-home equipment that is compatible with the faster nbn service.
Under the Coalition Government’s broadband policy, nbn has shaved years off construction time which will see the nbn connect to 3 out of every 4 homes and businesses in Australia in 2018. More information on how to connect to the nbn is available at www.nbnco.com.au.