NBN goes live in Melbourne

The National Broadband Network (NBN) has gone live in Brunswick, Melbourne, with the Prime Minister attending a switching on ceremony.

According to the NBN, the fibre optic test site covers approximately 2,689 premises, with residents in more than half having consented to a connection to make their homes 'NBN ready'.

Residents who consented to the connection won't be able to order an NBN service until late September, when the trial phase ends.

So far, 14 customers have been connected as part of this trial.

NBN Co chairman, Harrison Young, said: "The launch today of the NBN in Brunswick and new construction activity we've announced are the latest steps towards delivery of a crucial piece of nation-building infrastructure.

"The National Broadband Network has the potential to deliver genuine competition in telecommunications and benefit Australian homes, businesses, schools and hospitals for decades to come."

Prime Minister Julia Gillard switched on the network at the ceremony at the Brunswick Town Hall.

Brunswick is the third NBN test site on the mainland, following two trials in the New South Wales towns of Kiama and Armidale. The Tasmanian communities of Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point have also been connected.

The Brunswick trial takes the total number of homes and businesses connected to the NBN to 700, including 114 on the mainland.

A range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) including iiNet (1300 106 571), Internode and iPrimus (1300 137 794), have already agreed to provide super-fast fibre-optic broadband connections on the NBN.

Internode recently revealed some of its proposed NBN plans, which start at 30GB for a 12Mbps speed for $59.95 including a phone service, and range up to $189.95 a month for a terabyte of data on the fastest 100Mbps speed.