Mandurah One of Second Release Sites Announced for NBN Rollout

Mandurah businesses will soon take a lead role in the transition from paper and fixed workplaces to online and work-from-home based arrangements utilising ultra-high speed internet networks.

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy today welcomed NBN Co’s announcement of 19 second release sites for the next stage of its rollout of fibre to the premises on mainland Australia as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Senator Conroy said the second release sites would build on the work NBN Co was doing in the five first release sites.

"The rollout of fibre to the premise will deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps, 50 times faster than most people experience today,” Senator Conroy said.

These second release sites comprise 14 new locations, and five sites adjacent to the existing first release sites. The second release sites are:

Victoria – Bacchus Marsh, South Morang (Melbourne)
Queensland – Brisbane (inner north), Springfield Lakes, Toowoomba.
NSW – Riverstone (Western Sydney), Coffs Harbour
South Australia – Modbury, Prospect
Western Australia – Victoria Park (Perth), Geraldton, Mandurah
Northern Territory – Casuarina
ACT – Gungahlin

Five existing locations to receive an additional rollout site are Minnamurra/Kiama Downs and Armidale in NSW, Townville in Qld, Brunswick in Melbourne, Victoria and Willunga in South Australia. As the entire township of Willunga is already part of the rollout, the nearby communities of Seaford / McLaren Vale will be the adjacent site.

"As with the five first release sites, NBN Co has chosen the second release sites based on a range of engineering, network design and logistical criteria.”

Each site will see the network rolled out past approximately 3,000 premises. The exact areas to be covered within these locations will be determined by NBN Co after further consultation with local authorities.

"NBN Co’s consultation with local authorities in the delivery of these sites is further evidence of the importance it places on taking a cooperative approach to the rollout.”

Construction in the second release locations is scheduled for the second quarter of 2011.

"Ultimately, the NBN will provide all premises in Australia with affordable, high speed broadband, no matter where they are located.”

Senator Conroy said today’s announcement builds on the significant work already underway in the delivery of the NBN.

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