Contruction Date for Tasmanian National Broadband Network

The Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the digital economy, Stephen Conroy has announced the Tasmanian leg of the National Broadband Network will begin construction in October 2009.

The announcement comes after the Federal Government began the first stage of the National Broadband Network roll-out process in July by releasing tender specifications for the building of the network. The $780 million Tasmanian project will connect 90% of the population with broadband internet speeds up to 100 mega-bits-per second.

Tasmania currently has the lowest broadband coverage in Australia with only 39% percent of the population having broadband internet access. The national average for broadband access is 52% of the population.
Like that on the mainland, the Tasmanian NBN will involve the construction of a fibre-to-the-home network to allow high speed internet access. The state government and Aurora Energy will jointly build the Tasmania stage of the National Broadband Network.

The National Broadband Network will also work to provide more equal access to high speed broadband services in rural and remote areas through investments in wireless and satellite broadband infrastructure.

Currently, the fastest broadband speeds available in Australia are ADSL2+, Naked DSL or Cable broadband. Depending on availability Cable broadband can reach speeds up to 30 mbps, while ADSL2+ and Naked DSL services can reach download speeds up to 24 mbps.