Work starts on constructing Fibre to the Node technology
NBN Co this week started work to deliver Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology across many parts of the city in the first stage of construction.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has welcomed the start of construction.
"People will start to notice nbn crews around their neighbourhoods. Under a mix of technologies, people in the Rockhampton region will get access to new faster speed broadband six to eight years sooner - and up to $30 billion cheaper - than under Labor's old plan," Ms Landry said.
"By the end of 2016 the entire Fibre to the Node rollout in the Rockhampton region will be either under construction or complete."
- Work started this week on constructing Fibre to the Node technology in Port Curtis, working towards Allenstown and the Range.
- The area under construction includes the Mater Hospital, Allenstown State School, the Cathedral College and Rockhampton Grammar School and stretches west to Murray Lagoon and Yeppen Lagoon. It takes in Victoria Parade to Fizroy Street and includes parts of Bolsover Street, Dennison Street, Alma Street and East Street.
- Fibre to the Node technology will also be rolled out through Berserker, Depot Hill, Kawana, Park Avenue, Rockhampton City, The Common, Wandal and West Rockhampton -complementing the already operational fixed wireless network surrounding Rockhampton.
According to the Australian Financial Review (October 15) Labor had no credibility in the area of providing affordable broadband. AFN described Labor's old plan for NBN as "an expensive joke."
NBN Co Corporate Affairs Manager for Queensland, Kylie Lindsay said residents can expect to see nbn contractors digging trenches, installing new pits and constructing FTTN cabinets.
"Fibre to the Node is a way of providing very fast broadband by running fibre to a neighbourhood node and from there using the existing copper network to connect to the premises. Fibre to the Node will enable families and businesses to access high speed broadband, with less disruption to the community and at less cost to the taxpayer," Ms Lindsay said.
"Putting network equipment in the street reduces the distance data needs to travel over copper, allowing very-high broadband speeds to be achieved for users. This is great news for the Rockhampton region as access to fast broadband is designed to provide a range of benefits for homes and businesses such as improved opportunities to work from home, better access to online education tools and more options for on-demand entertainment."
The NBN Co is expected to start offering active services to the region next year. More information on the nbn™ and rollout areas is available at: http://www.nbnco.com.au/maps