Sunday, February 28, 2010

Australia Invests $100 Million into Tasmania NBN Project

The Rudd Government plans to make an equity injection of $100 million into the National Broadband Network (NBN) project in Tasmania to facilitate the further roll out of FTTH in the state. The first two stages of the rollout are focused on extending the Tasmanian optical backbone network and delivering better telecommunication services into regional Tasmanian communities.

Stage 3 of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout would extend to 90,000 premises in the major population centres of Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

"In total, the first three stages of the NBN will target 100,000 premises in Tasmania, including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals, which will receive high speed broadband," said Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

"Detailed design work is now underway for Stage 3 with 40,000 premises in Hobart, 30,000 in Launceston and 10,000 in each of Burnie and Devonport to have access to superfast broadband via optic fibre."