NBN Co has culled ready for service dates for 506,850 premises in brownfields suburbs across Australia, casting doubt on whether those households will ever receive a fibre-to-the-home connection.
The network builder last night made sweeping changes to the data in its rollout map and to its website, hours after Telstra revealed large-scale changes to NBN ready for service dates.
Ready for Service dates denote when customers in a rollout area can take up a retail internet service.
Among the changes:
- NBN Co removed all remaining documents that detail rollout progress, such as the monthly ready for service spreadsheets, from its website. The information will now only be available via a sales portal that is not accessible to the public, casting doubt on Coalition pledges to increase transparency.
- The NBN rollout map was reformatted to include a new categorisation called "build commenced" areas, denoting locations where NBN Co "has issued contract instructions to construction partners so they can commence work in this area".
But the changes that attracted the most attention are to ready for service dates. These were made in documentation that is infrequently published by Telstra Wholesale.
The changes appear to show the areas that will receive the final 300,000 fibre connections guaranteed in the interim statement of expectations that was given to NBN Co last month.
Kenneth Tsang, founder of myNBN.info, calculated that 307,800 premises in the new dataset have ready for service dates, effectively vetting the 300,000 figure provided by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month. A full list of the final brownfields fibre recipients can be found here.
iTnews' analysis of the new dataset shows an additional 506,850 premises in 256 fibre serving area modules (FSAMs) where a future with fibre-to-the-home is far less guaranteed.
These are rollout areas and premises that until now had been given a date on when to expect fibre-to-the-home connections that are ready to carry retail internet services. As of late last night, the ready for service date has been switched to "TBA".
NBN Co and the Government won't formally confirm which premises will miss out on fibre-to-the-home until a 60-day strategic review is completed late next month.
iTnews is seeking additional comment from NBN Co.
Are you in the half-million?
NSW - Sydney metropolitan:
|Blacktown, Eastern Creek,
Prospect, Arndell Park,
|2CBT-01||Campbelltown, Bradbury||May 2013||3000|
|2LID-07, 08||Auburn||Dec 2012, Jan 2013||5400|
|2LIV-02, 03, 04||Lurnea, Liverpool||Feb 2013-Apr 2013||9700|
|2PTH-07, 08||Werrington Downs, Cambridge
|2RCH-07||Richmond Lowlands, Clarendon||Mar 2013||500|
NSW - Regional:
06, 07, 08
|Woonona, Russell Vale,
Corrimal, Bellambi, Tarrawanna,
Fairy Meadow, Fernhill,
|Dec 2012-Feb 2013||13,200|
|Kembla Grange, Wongawilli,
Horsley, Marshall Mount,
|2GOS-07, 08||Point Clare, Tascott,
Koolewong, Somersby, Kariong
|2GRN-02||South Grafton, Waterview
|Bateau Bay, The Entrance,
Long Jetty, Toowoon Bay,
|Dec 2012-Mar 2013||11,600|
|2MAI-03, 07, 11||Pitnacree, Tenambit, East Maitland,
Raworth, Metford, Morpeth
|Dec 2012-Feb 2013||7500|
|2MDG-01, 02, 03||Mudgee, Putta Bucca,
|2TEE-01, 03, 05||Taree, Cundletown||Sep-Dec 2012||6800|
|2TRK-01||The Rock||May 2013||400|
|North Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga,
Moorong, Boorooma, Cartwrights Hill,
Estella, Bomen, Turvey Park,
Charles Sturt University
03, 04, 05, 06
|Wollongong, West Wollongong,
Mangerton, Mount Keira, Keiraville,
Gwynneville, Mount Saint
|Sep 2012-Jan 2013||9900|
|3BRA-07||Golden Point, Mount Pleasant,
|3BRU-07, 08||Brunswick, Brunswick West||Dec 2012||4500|
|3CBN-04, 05||Cranbourne||May 2013||5500|
|3CTN-03, 04, 06||Carlton, Melbourne, Parkville||Sep 2012-Feb 2013||3800|
|3FSR-01, 04, 05||Seddon, West Melbourne,
|Dec 2012-Mar 2013||8000|
|3KAL-02, 05||Frankston, Langwarrin||Nov 2012-Mar 2013||5100|
|3KEY-01, 03, 04||Keysborough, Noble Park||Jan-Apr 2013||7400|
|3SMR-08||South Morang||May 2013||2400|
|3TMN-06||Melbourne Airport||Feb 2013||2500|
Read on for tables for all other states and territories.