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If you missed the high-speed broadband connection during the initial deployment, you may be eligible to join the NBN Upgrade Queue.

On Tuesday, NBN Co expanded the list of suburbs where eligible customers can request an upgrade from fiber to the node (FTTN) to preferred fiber to the premises (FTTP) later this year.

The move is part of the government’s $ 3.5 billion campaign to give Australians stranded on slow internet connections access at peak speeds, with 1.1 million eligible homes and businesses announced so far .

NBN upgrades reported

While the struggling FTTN has been at the center of the upgrade program, NBN Co revealed on Tuesday that customers with fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) connections would also be eligible for upgrades. in the future.

“NBN Co is currently engaged in consultation with Internet retailers to define the process by which customers living in eligible premises currently served by FTTN or FTTC will be notified that their premises are eligible to receive faster services,” the company said. .

“Due to FTTC’s current faster capabilities, in its industry consultation paper, NBN Co proposed that customers living or working in premises currently served by this technology will need to order a plan based on speed levels of wholesale 250/25 Mbps or higher to qualify for a full fiber upgrade. “

Orders to be launched in November

The FTTN upgrade schedule was first revealed in October, with Communications Minister Paul Fletcher announcing the government would roll out fiber ‘on demand’ to the 40% of households stuck on outdated FTTN technology copper-based, installed under “NBN.

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NBN Co said the design and construction of the node-to-premises network upgrade program was “currently underway” with the company expecting to “launch a small-scale launch that will allow the first customers to place orders. from online retailers for fiber inputs. and faster services in certain eligible areas from November 2021 ”.

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“We are on track to meet our goal of enabling approximately 8 million premises or up to 75% of homes and businesses on the fixed network to access NBN’s highest wholesale speed levels, s ‘they want it, by 2023,’ said NBN Co chief executive Stephen Rue.

The government has been criticized for its decision to use copper FTTN connections across much of the network, with telecommunications experts warning that the technology was “not fit for purpose.”

But Mr. Rue defended the multi-tech deployment.

“We have very deliberately deployed the National Broadband Network at a sustained pace across Australia using a range of technologies to ensure we can provide access to broadband broadband services across Australia as quickly as possible. “, did he declare.

“We are now well into the next long-planned phase of network evolution and development to provide more customers with access to the highest levels of wholesale speed from NBN currently available.”

How do I check if I am eligible?

NBN Co plans to update the functionality of its “Verify Your Address” tool by November to allow customers to verify if they are eligible for an FTTP upgrade.

For now, here is NBN Co’s current list of suburbs and cities where eligible customers will be in line first as part of the upgrade program:

New South Wales

Announced in May 2021:

Alexandria, Albion Park, Austinmer, Balgownie, Bankstown, Barrack Heights, Barrack Point, Batemans Bay, Belmont, Bogangar, Byron Bay, Cabarita Beach, Camperdown, Charlestown, Claymore, Cordeaux Heights, Corlette, Davistown, Dubbo, East Albury, Erina, Erskineville, Ettalong Beach, Fairy Meadow, Fingal Bay, Forster, Gerringong, Glenfield Park, Glenmore Park, Gorokan, Horningsea, Hoxton Park, Hunters Hill, Huntleys Cove, Jerrabomberra, Kariong, Kellyville, Kincumber, Islington, Lake Illawarra, Maryville, Merewether Heights, Milton, Mount Annan, Mount Pleasant, Narellan, Nelson Bay, North Richmond, North Wollongong, Oak Flats, Old Bar, Prestons, Raymond Terrace, Salamander Bay, Seven Hills, Shoal Bay, Soldiers Point, St Georges Basin, Terrigal, Thirroul, Tuncurry, Tweed Heads, Ulladulla, Umina Beach, Warilla, Warners Bay, West Hoxton, Woodbine, Woolwich, Woonona, Worrigee, Woy Woy, Yattalunga.

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Announced in February 2021:

Bathurst, Campbelltown, Elderslie, Maitland, Narellan, New Lambton, Orange, Singleton, Tarro.

Announced in October 2020:

Belmont North, Carramar, Castle Hill, Charlestown, Holsworthy, Liverpool, Toronto, Wetherill Park.

ACT

Announced in May 2021:

Banks, Campbell, Conder, Dickson, Gordon, Hume, Lyneham, O’Connor, Reid, Turner.

Victoria

Announced in May 2021:

Aireys Inlet, Albert Park, Alfredton, Barwon Heads, Belmont, Berwick, Caroline Springs, Cowes, Craigieburn, Deer Park (additional footprint), Delacombe, Derrimut, Echuca, Fairhaven, Geelong, Geelong West, Grovedale, Hampton Park, Hastings, Highton , Kalimna, Kangaroo Flat, Lakes Entrance, Leopold, Mernda, Mornington, Ocean Grove, Pakenham, Pearcedale, Rosebud, Sebastopol, Seymore, Somerville, Sunshine West, Tarneit, Torquay, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds, West Wodonga, Wodonga.

Announced in February 2021:

Berwick South, Cranbourne, Deer Park, additional areas of Narre Warren, Sydenham.

Previously announced in October 2020:

Lyndhurst, Narre Warren.

Queensland

Announced in May 2021:

Alexandra Headland, Andergrove, Bargara, Bayview Heights, Beaconsfield, Bellara, Bentley Park, Blacks Beach, Brinsmead, Buderim, Bulimba, Burpengary, Burpengary East, Caboolture, Caboolture South, Cannonvale, Castaways Beach, Clifton Beach, Coolang, Coolum Beach, Cooroibah , Craiglie, Currimundi, Dolphin Heads, Earville, Edmonton, Eimeo, Forest Lake, Freshwater, Glenella, Griffin, Heathwood, Kawungan, Kewarra Beach, Lawnton, Meridan Plains, Monoora, Mooloolaba, Manunda, Marcoola, Marcus Beach, Maroochydore, Minyama , Mooroobool, Morayfield, Mount Coolum, Mount Pleasant, Mount Sheridan, Mountain Creek, Murrumba Downs, Newtown (4350), Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Ormeau, Pacific Paradise, Pacific Pines, Parrearra, Peregian Beach, Port Douglas, Proserpine, Redlynch, Rothwell, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Stratford, Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach, Tewantin, Trinity Beach, Twin Waters, Upper Coomera, Urraween, Victoria Point, Warana, White Rock, Woree.

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Previously announced in February 2021:

Albany Creek, Ashgrove, Bald Hills, Burleigh Heads, Ferny Hills, Robina, Townsville.

Previously announced in October 2020:

Acacia Ridge, Browns Plains, Eight Mile Plains, Oxenford.

South australia

Andrews Farm, Ascot Park, Edwardstown, Exeter, Glanville, Grange, Largs Bay, Munno Park West, New Port, Port Adelaide, Seaton, Semaphore, Tennyson, West Lakes, Woodville West.

Previously announced in February 2021:

Elizabeth, Gepps Cross, Golden Grove, Salisbury.

Previously announced in October 2020:

Osborne.

Western Australia

Announced in May 2021:

Ascot, Balcatta, Balga, Bayswater, Beaconsfield, Beckenham, Belmont, Bentley, Bicton, Cannington, City Beach, Cloverdale, Coogee, East Cannington, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Gosnells, Hamilton Hill, Highgate, Hilton, Huntingdale, Karawara, Karrinyup, Kewdale, Maylands, Midland, Morley, Mount Lawley, Nollamara, North Fremantle, North Perth, Osborne Park, Palmyra, Redcliffe, Riverton, Rivervale, Rossmoyne, Samson, Scarborough, Shelley, South Fremantle, Southern River, Spearwood, St James, Stirling , Tuart Hill, Waikiki, Waterford, Wembley Downs, Westminster, Yokine.

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Previously announced in February 2021:

Canning Vale, Girrawheen, South Jandakot, Kingsley, Wanneroo.

Previously announced in October 2020:

Cannington, double view.

Tasmania

Announced in May 2021:

Camdale, Cooee, Devonport, Howrah, Legana, Ocean Vista, Park Grove, Paklands, Sandy Bay, Shorewell Park, Tranmere.

North territory

Announced today in May 2021:

Alice Springs, Araluen, Braitling, Ciccone, Desert Springs, East Side, Gillen, Ilpara, Larapinta, Ross, Sadadeen, The Gap.

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