Tasmania First For New Broadband Network

The Apple Isle will be the first state to get super-fast broadband

Tasmania will be the first beneficiary of the new National Broadband Network (NBN) plan that was announced yesterday, and it could be happening as soon as July this year.

The Tasmanian Government and Aurora Energy, will construct a fibre to the premises (FTTP) network, which will deliver speeds of 100 Megabits per second, connecting over 200,000 Tasmanian households and businesses. The FTTP network will also extend to all hospitals and almost 90 per cent of schools.

The Tasmanian Government will construct a wireless network and the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network satellite solution will service the remainder of the state with speeds of 12 Mbps or more.

Tasmania currently has the lowest proportion of households with broadband of any state or territory-39 per cent compared with the Australian average of 52 per cent. This could possibly be why they are getting the service first – it will allow any teething problems to be sorted out before work starts in the more populous states.