NBN Co has reached its 2019/20 end-of-year target of delivering the National Broadband Network to 11.5 million homes and businesses across Australia with weeks to spare.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said the build of the NBN is now 99 per cent complete, notwithstanding recent bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The resilience the NBN has shown in recent months, with more people working and studying at home, underlines the network's strength and adaptability," Mr Fletcher said in a statement on Sunday.
"Since the beginning of the year, more than 1 million premises have been declared 'Ready to Connect' and more than 600,000 homes and businesses have signed up for an NBN service."
Later this year NBN Co will provide formal advice to the minister when it considers the rollout is complete, at which time he will request the company undertake a detailed technical assessment of its network.
The outcome of the assessment will inform the minister's decision to declare the network "built and fully operational" under the NBN Companies Act.
Australian Associated Press