It’s not long now. At least, that’s what we’ve been told for years now; not long before Australia is equipped with a game-changing National Broadband Network (NBN) that will put us on par with the fastest internet speeds in the world. Right now, we place 50th globally, having been set back by political disputes, backflips and infrastructure issues.
Slowly but surely, homes and businesses all over the country are finally receiving the NBN. And now, the NBN website has released a tool that allows you to type in your address and find out when your time will come.
So far, pockets of Melbourne and regions throughout Victoria are already part of ‘gen NBN’, including most of Carlton, Fitzroy and Brunswick in the inner north, parts of Footscray and Yarraville in the west, Glen Iris and Ashburton in the south-east, and Balwyn, Camberwell and Mont Albert in the east.
Next on the horizon, it looks as if suburbs including Coburg, Richmond and Brunswick East will be on the NBN by early next year.
Not only does the site specify a time frame, but it also indicates the planned technology that will be installed, including fibre-to-the-premise, fibre-to-the-node or hybrid fibre coaxial. You can register your details to be kept up to date with progress in your area, and once the NBN is installed, it is up to you to contact a retailer of your choice to connect.
The good news is that all households should have access to the network by 2020; the bad news is that if you live in suburbs like Collingwood, Northcote, St Kilda or Prahran, then you could be waiting until 2019. Currently, approximately 25,000 homes and businesses are being connected to the NBN every week across the country.
Still stumped by the NBN? Check out the website’s handy infographic to learn exactly what it’s all about.