Broadband on way

Work is well under way to bring the National Broadband Network to Corrimal, Dapto and central Wollongong, including Coniston, Mount St Thomas and Mangerton.

NBN Co, which is delivering high-speed broadband throughout Australia either by fibre optic cables, fixed wireless or  satellite services, has started  construction in Corrimal, Dapto and central Wollongong. 

This means NBN contractors are doing detailed design and survey work in those areas for the installation of the fibre optic cables. On average it takes between 12 and 14 months from the start of construction to when residents and businesses can order NBN retail services from an internet service provider.

In the Wollongong council area, the NBN will be provided through fibre optic cables. Rollout maps for Corrimal, Dapto and Wollongong have been released and it was likely residents in those areas would be able to order an NBN service from the end of 2013 or early 2014.

‘‘For any information on where we are with the rollout in the Illawarra, if people go to nbnco.com.au it will give them an indication of where we are constructing at the moment,’’ NBN Co external relations manager Trent Williams said.

‘‘If their area isn’t indicated yet, it means they’re not in our current three-year plan. It doesn’t mean they’re not getting fibre optic cable necessarily.’’ 

Mr Williams said the NBN had been completed in Kiama and Minnamurra and 45per cent had taken up the service– one of the best rates in Australia.

‘‘So far Wollongong has been very, very positive about the NBN. It really gives that area access to internet speeds and reliability you typically only got in Sydney recently. It’s breaking down the tyranny of distance.’’

NBN Co has an agreement with Telstra that enables use of its infrastructure, such as conduits, and repair where necessary.

Information: 1800 687 626 or www.nbnco.com.au

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