Every time the Government decides to announce locations for the NBN rollout, I sit at the computer, fingers crossed that my local exchange will be mentioned. Sadly, I miss out this time, but it’s getting closer.
The NBN will start rolling out to 19 new locations, including 14 completely new areas and five existing locations that are being expanded upon. Here’s the list of locations:
The new 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; and
ACT – Gungahlin
The five existing locations getting an additional, adjacent rollout site are Minnamurra/Kiama Downs (Kiama) and Armidale in NSW, Townsville Qld, Brunswick in Melbourne, and Willunga in South Australia. As the whole township of Willunga is already part of the rollout, the nearby area of Seaford/McLaren Vale will be the adjacent site.
Construction for this second round of locations probably won’t start until second quarter 2011, while construction on those original locations is expected to start this month. As exciting as the potential of the NBN is, it’s important to remember just how long it’s going to take to construct and install this kind of infrastructure.