NBN rollout moving at snail’s pace in some states

Statistics disclosed by NBN Co reveal that the network's construction has slowed dramatically in Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and ACT. While NBC Co has hit its target of connecting 357,000 homes and businesses by June 30, the statistics reveal that most of the progress was achieved in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

By Alex Choros

Statistics disclosed by NBN Co reveal that the network's construction has slowed dramatically in Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and ACT. While NBC Co has hit its target of connecting 357,000 homes and businesses by June 30, the statistics reveal that most of the progress was achieved in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Only 141 homes and business have been connected across the remaining states and territories since June 30, according to the Australian Financial Review. This equates to an average of 21 premises per week. For contrast, an average of 952 homes and premises have been connected per week in Victoria alone.

These faltering construction speeds are being attributed to disputes between NBN Co and key contractors. South Australian subcontractor Ellers Group stopped working on the rollout in 2013 after making allegations it wasn't being paid.

The national rate of construction has also slowed. While an average of 4152 premises were being connected to the new network per week in the six months ending June 30, this reduced to 2714 per week since then.

Source: AFR

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