NBN Co passes 207,500 premises with fibre

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NBN Co passes 207,500 premises with fibre

Target reached, but some not serviceable.

NBN Co has achieved its revised June fibre rollout target, passing 207,500 premises.

The company said today it had passed 163,500 premises in built-up areas ("brownfields") and 44,000 premises in new housing estates ("greenfields").

It had been targeting between 190,000 and 220,000 premises passed by fibre by June 30.

Of that target range, it was aiming for between 155,000 and 175,000 brownfields premises and between 35,000 and 45,000 greenfields premises.

Today's announcement confirms iTnews' June 19 predictions that NBN Co would achieve a number somewhere between 188,798 and 214,521.

A full breakdown of where NBN Co's June numbers come from won't be available until the company releases its Ready For Service spreadsheet mid this month.

NBN watchers jxeeno and Joel Dickins, aka Monsta — mentioned by former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy at a recent Senate Estimates hearing — had the jump on the official numbers earlier today.

He also collated an update of fibre serving area modules (FSAMs) that now appeared to be fully or partially activated on NBN Co's coverage maps, courtesy of an update earlier today.

The Australian Financial Review reported earlier this week that NBN Co's premises passed statistics included 33,371 premises that weren't actually NBN serviceable, though Monsta's analysis put the number higher.

The figure is thought to be the result of ongoing problems connecting multi-dwelling units (MDUs) to the National Broadband Network, though NBN Co did not make an official statement on unserviceable premises numbers.

Comment is being sought from an NBN Co spokesperson.

NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley hinted in a statement that MDU connections were continuing to be problematic.

"Premises such as blocks of apartments and large office blocks have always provided challenges to companies rolling out telecommunications networks," he said.

More to come

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