Just how long will you have to wait until the National Broadband Network (NBN) becomes available in your area? Find out with this up-to-the-minute list of expected launch dates.
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The NBN is not happening in a hurry. Right from when it was announced back in 2009, the build prediction was at least seven to eight years, and 2015 is often mentioned as a likely date for completion of the main network. So while we're all happily brawling over details of the rollout and poring over the pricing that has been announced so far, the process is very far from complete.
In the list below, drawn from data from NBN Co, we've specified the first likely point when the NBN will be available in a given area. This is based on taking the date when construction work starts and adding 12 months, which is the rough approach NBN Co recommends. So take notice: it's a best estimate, not a commandment written in stone. As such, there are two important caveats: it's entirely possible that availability might happen earlier if construction proceeds well, and it's a certainty that not every home in a given area will have availability on this date.
NBN rollout is happening in stages. There's not a single switch-on date that covers all of a single town or locality, since network building continues after services have first become available, reflecting when fibre passes near your house. Plus, plans change with a project of this magnitude. You can get a better idea of the areas covered on the NBN Co rollout maps (note: link to big PDF file). (This list doesn't include rollouts where NBN Co has done deals with developers to roll out fibre-based services throughout a given development.)
We'll regularly update this list with new information as it comes to hand. Share ideas, corrections and thoughts in the comments.
Armidale, NSW Kiama, NSW Townsville, QLD Willunga, SA Midway Point, TAS Scottsdale, TAS Smithton, TAS Brunswick, VIC
Sorell, TAS Triabunna, TAS
Deloraine, TAS St Helens, TAS
Coffs Harbour, NSW Dapto, NSW Port Augusta, SA Port Elliot, SA Yankalilla, SA
Jamberoo, NSW George Town, TAS
Richmond, NSW Penrith, NSW Goodna, QLD Toowoomba, QLD Modbury, SA Prospect, SA Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Darwin, NT Aspley, QLD Mandurah, WA
Lidcombe, NSW South Morang, VIC Geraldton, WA
Blacktown, NSW South Hobart, TAS Launceston, TAS
Sawtell, NSW Stirling, SA Applecross, WA
Townsville City, QLD Casuarina, NT Aldinga Beach, SA
Gosford, NSW Long Jetty, NSW Seaford / McLaren Vale, SA Ballarat Central, VIC Meadow Springs, WA Pinjarra, WA
Kingston Beach, TAS Somerset, TAS Tullamarine, VIC South Perth, WA
Strathfield (Homebush), NSW Nudgee, QLD Melton, VIC
Riverstone, NSW Wollongong, NSW Strathalbyn, SA Melbourne City, VIC
Republished from Lifehacker.