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Gungahlin leads NBN take-up rates

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Tom McIlroy

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With dial-up modems and snail's pace internet a thing of the past, just what can Canberra residents expect from the national broadband network?

On Tuesday, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said more than 4000 Gungahlin homes and businesses had joined the NBN - the fastest take-up rates in the country.

Once installed, the NBN will offer download speeds of up to 100 megabits a second, or about eight times faster than the best ADSL broadband speeds currently available.

High-definition television channels operate at about six to eight megabits a second, while next generation 4K television and movie content will require higher than 25 megabits a second. About 7 per cent of homes will get 25 megabits a second via fixed wireless or satellite connections.

Released this week, the Coalition's plan would lead to 71 per cent of homes receiving 25 megabits a second, roughly twice today's Australian average.

An NBN Co spokesman said on Wednesday eight retailers were already offering NBN packages to residents in Canberra's north, with wholesale prices starting at $24 a month.

Retailers including iiNet, Telstra, Optus and TransACT have a range of packages available to retail customers, including 24 megabits-a-second broadband connections capable of providing multiple high-definition movie streams simultaneously.

Comparison website whistleout.com.au lists various retail packages available to Canberra customers, including a 500 gigabytes NBN package at $100 per month.

TransACT customers signing up for the NBN-3 Fastest package in Canberra can buy 500 gigabytes on peak and 500 gigabytes off peak for $99.95 per month. Optus customers in early roll-out sites, including Gungahlin, can buy 500 gigabytes for $100 per month.

An Australian Communications Consumer Action Network study found retail prices for NBN packages were the same or less than for ADSL broadband over the copper phone lines.

''ACCAN found that 49 per cent of people surveyed said the NBN had no real impact on the amount they paid for internet access and 14 per cent said they were paying less than before,'' the spokesman said.

NBN construction has started or is complete for as many as 20,000 ACT premises, including in parts of Civic, Palmerston and Amaroo.

Canberra's NBN roll-out is due to be completed in 2015.

26 comments

  • I think I saw some work being done in my street.

    Soon to be "Mildly Excited of Palmerston".

    Commenter
    Outraged of Palmerston
    Date and time
    April 11, 2013, 8:43AM
    • Lets hope that muppet Abbott doesn't get in then, otherwise Gungahlin will be the only Canberra suburb with fast internet.

      Commenter
      otama
      Date and time
      April 11, 2013, 11:57AM
      • I can think of more important things to worry about.

        Commenter
        Deutsch
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        April 11, 2013, 12:37PM
      • Like keeping the coal fire outside your cave lit perhaps? hahaha!!!!!!!!!

        Commenter
        The Realist
        Location
        The Real World
        Date and time
        April 11, 2013, 1:21PM
      • If MRAbbott and his flat earth society get into power the rest of us will be stuck using the existing system of old fashioned hard drawn copper wire, invented in 1877 and still the choice of right wing morons across Australia today.
        What a scary thought!

        Commenter
        Worried
        Date and time
        April 11, 2013, 2:07PM
      • Oh I agree! But my comment is in regards to this particular article.

        Commenter
        otama
        Date and time
        April 11, 2013, 2:16PM
      • actually otama, as all of the ACT shows up as 3 years or less, the contracts are signed to roll out all of the ACT. even if the Libs get in ACT get FTTP, its already a done deal for us luckily. just the rest of the nation will get screwed and have to stay with adsl and vdsl services or pay $5k to get fibre installed.

        Commenter
        blackknight
        Date and time
        April 11, 2013, 3:53PM
      • Woo hoo! Thanks for letting me know! :) Although, I feel bad for the rest of Australia.

        Commenter
        otama
        Date and time
        April 11, 2013, 4:25PM
      • But Abbot is offering 80 to 100Mbps isn't he? and fibre to 22% of homes with an 'as yet' undefined upgrade path. He's just saying lets not chase a pie in the sky

        Commenter
        Tony
        Date and time
        April 11, 2013, 7:00PM
      • Yeah me too, but i can feel bad with my 100mbps connection in 2 -3 years.

        Commenter
        BlackKnight7891
        Date and time
        April 12, 2013, 7:39AM

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