Updated NBN roadmap details commercial availability of Fibre-to-the-Node broadband

NBN Co today revealed that its Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) product will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2015 in an updated product roadmap.

At present, 40 participants have been connected to the FTTN end-user pilot program on the Central Coast in New South Wales. These users are receiving average download speeds of up to 96 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 30 Mbps according to a statement published by NBN Co. Construction work on a second FTTN end-user pilot program in Epping (North Melbourne) commenced in September.

The FTTN construction trial, to be made up 1000 nodes across Queensland and New South Wales, is expected to connect an additional 250,000 homes and businesses to the NBN over the next year.

Fibre-to-the-Building services, another component of the NBN's new Multi-Technology-Mix model, are on schedule for commercial availability in the first quarter of 2015.

"Our FTTB pilot in inner-city Melbourne suburbs continues and we are currently in the process of measuring and recording the customer experience of the homes and businesses which have signed-up," NBN Co Chief Consumer Officer John Simon said in a statement.

"Our progress over the past quarter shows continued momentum in implementing a Multi-Technology-Mix (MTM) to deliver the NBN faster and more affordably for all Australians."

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