Internet speed expected to soar with NBN rollout
WORK is underway on bringing high-speed internet to Rockhampton, with construction on NBN Co's Fibre to the Node network starting this week.
By the end of next year, the rollout in the region is expected to be either under construction or completed.
Government relations manager for NBN Co Queensland Amber Dornbusch said there were already 2000 Rockhampton premises connected to NBN Co's fixed wireless technology.
But roughly 30,000 are expected to be connected to the fixed line technology once the rollout of the nodes is complete.
"All premises across Australia will have access to the NBN, whether that's by our fixed line technologies, fixed wireless or satellite technology," she said.
Ms Dornbusch said the Fibre to the Node network delivered fibre through the street networks, with nodes then connecting to the existing copper network and individual premises.
"This kind of infrastructure and the network we're rolling out will ensure huge advances in areas such as education, health, as well as things like entertainment and how we connect with loved ones, family and friends," Ms Dornbusch said.
"So it's hugely important for regional areas."
On Thursday, Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow (pictured) said she was disappointed the region would not be given the same speeds as the previous NBN Fibre to the Premise rollout.
In a statement, an NBN spokesperson said the previous rollout took over three years to reach one million premises.
"In contrast under Fibre to the Node we're targeting 3.7 million premises ready for service by June 2018," the statement said.
"80% of the people currently on the Fibre to the Premises network are choosing plans of 25Mbps or less. As you would expect, people are not willing to pay for something they don't need," it said.
"The Fibre to the Node network has been designed so that 90% of users will get at least 50Mbps, but trials have shown that users located less than 400m from a cabinet get speeds of around 100/40Mbps."