Grenfell is now NBN ready

10 July 2017

SUPERFAST broadband has now arrived in Grenfell as the National Broadband Network (NBN) makes fixed line services available to more than 1100 homes and businesses according to the Nationals’ MP and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack. 

“This is great news for residents and small business operators in Grenfell, who can now take full advantage of the opportunities available in Australia’s new high-speed broadband era and start to place orders for NBN services with retail service providers,” Mr McCormack said. 

“The Coalition Government’s NBN will boost productivity and provide a platform for innovation to ensure the economic and social benefits of the internet are available to everyone regardless of whether they live in the city or the bush. 

“The development of digital technologies has reduced business costs, changed how our children learn and study and made sure we can connect and engage socially in more ways than we ever imagined,” Mr McCormack said. 

Grenfell will be connected to the NBN using fibre to the node (FTTN) technology. FTTN offers average wholesale broadband speeds of around 70 megabits per second (Mbps), with many premises able to access speeds of up to 100 Mbps. The NBN will ensure that at least 90 per cent of the fixed-line footprint will have access to wholesale download speeds of 50 Mbps. 

“It is fantastic Grenfell now has access to the NBN and even more significant is that the national build of the network has reached the halfway point. As at today, more than 5 million homes and businesses across Australia can connect to the NBN, and there are more than 2.2 million active users. This compares to just 51,000 connections in the six years of the previous Labor Government,” Mr McCormack said. 

“On a local level it is also pleasing for me as the local Federal Member to know that almost all of the Riverina electorate is under build. 60,000 homes and businesses have an NBN service available and almost 15,000 homes have signed up for an NBN service.”

It typically takes a couple of weeks to connect to the NBN after placing an order and new in-home equipment will be required that is compatible with the faster NBN service. 

More information on how to connect to the NBN is available at www.nbnco.com.au or by calling 1800 687 626. 

ENDS

Aaron McDonnell