First NBN fibre laid in Geraldton

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Labor Senator for Western Australia, Senator Louise Pratt, today welcomed the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre in Geraldton.

Senator Pratt was in town to help lay the first NBN fibre cable, with Geraldton residents able to connect to the NBN from early next year.

“Work is well underway in Geraldton and the surrounding suburbs to connect 14,300 homes and businesses to the NBN fibre network. We’re rolling out the fibre now, and people living in these areas will be able to connect to the NBN from early next year,” Senator Conroy said.

By the end of the year, work will have commenced or been completed for 83,000 homes and businesses across Western Australia. By mid-2015, fibre construction will have commenced, or been completed, to more than 429,000 homes and businesses across the state.

The Geraldton construction area includes Beachlands, Beresford, Bluff Point, Deepdale, Karloo, Mahomets Flats, Mount Tarcoola, Rangeway, Rudds Gully, Spalding, Strathalbyn, Tarcoola Beach, Utakarra, Webberton, West End, Wonthella and Woorree.

“This is a really exciting time for the NBN and Geraldton,” Senator Pratt said.

“Geraldton residents will be able to sign up to the NBN’s affordable, reliable and fast broadband services in just a few months’ time.

“I have no doubt that locals want to connect to the NBN as soon as possible and grasp all the benefits that it will bring to the community.”

“The NBN will give Western Australians access to faster, more reliable broadband at affordable prices, with services starting from as little as $30 a month, with no additional line rental, for a better service. “High-definition videoconferencing means that kids may be able to take classes that their local school doesn’t offer, and people will be able to consult with medical specialists from around the country, without travelling long distances.

"The ability to send and receive big files almost instantly means businesses that previously had to stay in capital cities can set up anywhere, which means opportunities for Western Australia, and jobs for Western Australians," Senator Pratt said.

For more information about the NBN rollout in Western Australia visit: www.nbnco.com.au/rollout

Contact: Adam Sims 0408 258 457