The NBN rollout is based on policy and engineering factors
At the launch of the three year fibre rollout plan in March 2012, NBN Co CEO Mr Mike Quigley set out the planning principles for the NBN rollout. These include:
- completing the rollout sites announced in the first and second release stages, and the 12 month construction plan
- incorporating the government’s instructions, such as making sure the rollout covered both regional and metropolitan areas, and was balanced across states and territories; completing the rollout in Tasmania by 2015; and prioritising areas that are likely to have a high number of new developments
- using available Telstra infrastructure, including exchanges and the transit links that connect the fibre nodes back to the points of interconnect (the NBN equivalent of a telephone exchange)
- prioritising the transit links needed to provide high-speed broadband to regional and rural Australia
- sequencing the rollout to ensure costs are minimised and operations are efficient, including making adjustments where construction activity is likely to result in undue disruption to local communities.
The key planning elements of the NBN are now in place, and the full scale rollout of the NBN is getting underway.
- Read NBN Co’s blog post on how sites in the three year rollout were chosen and find out when the NBN is coming to major cities