NBN Co has unveiled the names of the communities that are next in line to receive high-speed fibre optic broadband.
More than 1.35 million premises have been added to the rollout in the updated three-year plan. The plan adds almost 190 new towns and groups of suburbs, as well as more homes and businesses in areas covered by the previous plan.
This brings to 4.85 million the number of premises that will have construction commenced or where services can be ordered by June 2016.
NBN Co CEO, Mike Quigley, said, in a statement: "We're getting on with the job of rolling out the NBN in every state and territory. Our plan is to deliver better broadband to every Australian over the remaining 8 years of this 10-year build."
In areas where the fibre network has been up and running for more than 12 months, about one-third of eligible families have already purchased an NBN package.
"Furthermore, a third of people with an NBN fibre connection have subscribed to the fastest speeds available,"Quigley said. And households in the NBN fibre footprint are downloading around 50 per cent more data than the average Australian broadband user every month. According to a recent study of the first release site in Brunswick, Melbourne, nearly half of existing NBN users polled said household Internet costs were roughly the same since switching to the NBN, and 14 per cent were paying less by using an internet phone service instead of a separate land line.
Generally, those paying more were willing to do so to get higher speeds or larger download allowances.
The new locations were announced at an event in Blacktown, NSW, to mark the connection of the first area of metropolitan Sydney to the NBN.
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