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The National Broadband Network rolls out in Port Augusta

Port Augusta is fortunate to be among the first sites in South Australia to have work started on the fibre connection to the National Broadband Network, or NBN as it is more commonly referred.

During the construction phase and leading up to when the NBN is switched on in Port Augusta, Council and NBN Co will keep you informed of updates and information through this website, letters, community events, Council’s Resident’s Newsletter and the media.

The NBN is an Australian Government project that aims to deliver high-speed broadband to all Australian premises with a combination of fibre, fixed wireless and satellite technologies and is being designed, planned, built and operated by NBN Co, a government business entity.

Work commenced on the fibre connection in three areas of Port Augusta in September. This map shows the boundaries of the fibre rollout in Port Augusta and was released in October 2012. It shows three areas, with each area known as Fibre Service Area Modules (or FSAMs).

Each of these areas (FSAMs) represents construction to approximately 3000 premises, with construction taking between 15-18 months on average. For details visit the NBN Co website.

Areas not covered by the fibre map will still have access to the NBN through satellite or fixed wireless. Maps for these areas are yet to be released.

So how much faster will the NBN be? Speeds will be greater than what many people experience on ADSL today, and will offer a more stable and reliable broadband service. Around 93 per cent of Australian premises will have access to the NBN through optic fibre to the premises, currently offering speeds up to 100Mbps at the wholesale level, but with plans to provide broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second in the near future. The remaining 7 per cent of premises will have access to next generation fixed wireless and satellite technologies, providing peak speeds of 12 megabits per second.

Once the NBN is switched on in Port Augusta, you have the opportunity to connect, with internal and external connection equipment provided FREE.

How you connect is a simple as: Call. Select. Connect.

  • Call your Telephone and Internet Service Provider you want to use to deliver your NBN services (eg telephone, internet, on-demand TV)
  • Select the package that best suits your needs
  • Schedule a suitable time for the in-home equipment installation
  • Download the Getting Connected brochure from NBN Co.

If you are interested in a home connection, take a look at this brochure.

Current Status

NBN Co updates the national rollout schedule monthly, with details provided at: www.nbnco.com.au. A key information resource is the ‘Ready for Services’ monthly update, detailing where construction work has finished and premises are able to connect and use the NBN.

The rollout status as at November 2012 for Port Augusta is:

Suburb Postcode Phase Service Detailed Map (Fibre Only)
Port Augusta West 5700 Construction commenced September 2012 Fibre Port Augusta West Map
Port Augusta 5700 Construction commenced September 2012 Fibre Port Augusta Map
Stirling North 5700 Construction commenced September 2012 Fibre Stirling North Map

It is important to note that the release of a construction map (Fibre Serving Area Module) defines ‘work commenced’ and that, on average, 15 – 18 months later construction is finished and the network will be available for you to access and use.

The next stages in construction for 'Construction commenced' include:

  1. Detailed Design: on-ground survey and rod-rope-prove of existing (passive) infrastructure such as pits and ducts; conducted by Syntheo as our Service Delivery Partner
  2. Remediation: repair of existing (passive) infrastructure to meet NBN Co ‘fit for purpose’ requirements; conducted by Telstra on behalf of NBN Co
  3. Construction: new (passive) infrastructure such as new pits and ducts; installation (hauling) of distribution and local network
  4. Testing and Activation: assessment and handover of the built network from construction to operations

For further information, view the full list of current communities named in the rollout.