Half a million NBN fibre connections in limbo

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Half a million NBN fibre connections in limbo

Will you miss out on FTTP?

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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:

  • 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:

FSAMs Affected Suburbs Construction
09, 10
Blacktown, Eastern Creek,
Prospect, Arndell Park,
Doonside, Woodcroft
Feb-April 2013 8700
2CBT-01 Campbelltown, Bradbury May 2013 3000
2HOM-04 Strathfield Dec 2012 2300
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
Park, Kingswood
Mar-Apr 2013 4300
2RCH-07 Richmond Lowlands, Clarendon Mar 2013 500

NSW - Regional:

FSAMs Affected Locations Construction
2COR-04, 05,
06, 07, 08
Woonona, Russell Vale,
Corrimal, Bellambi, Tarrawanna,
Fairy Meadow, Fernhill,
Towradgi, Balgownie
Dec 2012-Feb 2013 13,200
2DAP-01, 05,
Kembla Grange, Wongawilli,
Horsley, Marshall Mount, 
Penrose, Dapto  
Nov-Dec 2012 4800
2DBB-03 Dubbo March 2013 2400
2GOS-07, 08 Point Clare, Tascott, 
Koolewong, Somersby, Kariong
Oct-Nov 2012 5300
2GRN-02 South Grafton, Waterview 
Heights, Grafton
Apr 2013 3000
2LJT-05, 06,
08, 09
Bateau Bay, The Entrance, 
Long Jetty, Toowoon Bay, 
Blue 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,
Bombira, Burrundulla
Sep-Nov 2012 6100
2MYF-01 Mayfield Mar 2013 2800
2TEE-01, 03, 05 Taree, Cundletown Sep-Dec 2012 6800
2TRK-01 The Rock May 2013 400
2WAG--01, 02,
03, 04
North Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga,
Moorong, Boorooma, Cartwrights Hill,
Estella, Bomen, Turvey Park,
Charles Sturt University
Mar-May 2013 7300
03, 04, 05, 06
Wollongong, West Wollongong,
Mangerton, Mount Keira, Keiraville,
Gwynneville, Mount Saint
Thomas, Coniston
Sep 2012-Jan 2013 9900



FSAMs Affected Locations Construction
3BRA-07 Golden Point, Mount Pleasant,
Bakery Hill
Apr 2013 2400
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,
Footscray, Yarraville
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
3WER-01 Werribee Apr 2013 2700

Read on for tables for all other states and territories.

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