A million more homes and businesses will be able to upgrade to a world-class, full-fibre broadband connection as part of the Australian Government’s plan for a better National Broadband Network (NBN).
Households and businesses across the Fleurieu are set to benefit from the full-fibre upgrades, including in Bridgewater, Coromandel Valley, Goolwa, Goolwa Beach, Hawthorndene and Mount Barker.
These upgrades are part of the NBN’s fibre upgrade program which has been boosted by the Albanese Government’s commitment to expand full-fibre access to 1.5 million additional premises by the end of 2025 with a $2.4 billion equity investment over four years in the 2022-23 Federal Budget.
The benefits of a world-class fibre broadband include faster upload and download speeds, and a more reliable connection. The benefits are even more pronounced for larger households if many devices are used, as higher speeds mean the whole family can be online at the same time.
An upgrade will be available on-demand where an eligible household orders a higher speed plan than would currently be available to them over copper.
NBN Co expects eligible premises within today’s announced suburbs will be able to access a full-fibre upgrade from 2024.
The remaining locations to be upgraded as part of the Government’s investment in expanding full-fibre access are expected to be announced by early 2024.
Upgrades to the fixed line network come in addition to the Albanese Government unlocking $480 million to upgrade the Fixed Wireless network – investments the Liberals and Nationals promised, but never delivered.
According to SA Senator Penny Wong, “These upgrades will help unlock the digital economy for locals across the electorate, from Mount Barker to Goolwa, and ensure residents in more isolated areas have a connection they can rely on.”
Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP, said: “The Albanese Government is determined to narrow the digital divide between our major cities, and regional communities.
“For too long, Australians living in regional centres and the bush have had to deal with slow speeds and drop outs because of inferior copper technology rolled out by the Liberals and Nationals.”
For a full list of eligible suburbs or to register for updates, visit: https://www.nbnco.com.au/residential/upgrades/fttp-upgrade-with-higher-speed-tiers