• Tony Bosworth

Superfast NBN arrives - but not for the Hawkesbury...

Rollout of the first lightning-fast NBN business fibre zones has been announced and the Hawkesbury doesn’t make the list.

In fact, not one single business between Parramatta and Bathurst will have access to super-fast broadband in the first rollout of the new NBN business zones, which will bypass the entire Western Sydney region.

The first 130 NBN Business Fibre Zones will provide businesses with access to broadband download speeds of up to 1GB, with Sydney metropolitan, inner west, and NSW regional areas set to benefit.

“Meanwhile, parts of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury will still be relying on a mish-mash of fibre, wireless and satellite technologies – sometimes in the same suburb,” says Maquarie MP Susan Templeman who is also Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee

on the National Broadband Network.

Some Hawkesbury suburbs – Bowen Mountain is just one example – only got access to stock standard NBN broadband a month ago.

“The Covid pandemic has shown us how important the internet is to do business, to learn and to stay connected with each other,” Ms Templeman said.

NBN will be announcing an additional 110 Business Fibre Zones across Australia but there is no available specific release date for that rollout, and no confirmation the Hawkesbury will be on the list.

An NBN spokesperson did tell us: "NBN Co is currently evaluating opportunities for the location of the additional 110 nbn Business Fibre Zones based on the same process carried out for the first release locations.

"The analysis includes identifying where the most cost-efficient builds are possible to target investment, as well as inputs such as business density, existing infrastructure and segmentation of business types that are likely to find most benefit from Enterprise Ethernet.

"NBN Co expects to complete the modelling to allow for an announcement of the additional zone locations in the coming months.

"Additionally, NBN Co plans to work with local councils and the NSW Government to identify and expand into areas with growing demand."

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