When Anne Stanley called the Government’s investment to expand NBN fibre access a gamechanger, she was absolutely spot on.

The Member for Werriwa recently announced that eligible residential homes and businesses in parts of Bonnyrigg and Cecil Hills can now upgrade their NBN connection to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).

“This announcement is an opportunity for eligible local families and businesses to enjoy the benefits of a faster, more reliable fibre connection,” Ms Stanley said.

These upgrades will be available on demand where a customer in an eligible premises seeks a higher speed service through their Retail Service Provider.

To further expand the benefits of fibre connections, the Albanese Government has invested $2.4 billion to enable an additional 1.5 million premises to transition from Fibre to the Node (FTTN) to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) by 2025 – over 660,000 of which will be in regional areas.

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said that expanding fibre access will ensure Australians are at the forefront of digital connectivity and will help bridge the digital divide.

“The Albanese Government is committed to ensuring that Australians get the full benefit of the NBN’s potential by enabling as many NBN lines to access full fibre connections as possible,” Ms Rowland said.

As a result of the Government’s investment for a better NBN:

  • Close to 90 per cent of the NBN fixed-line footprint will have access to plans based on wholesale speeds of 500Mbps to close to gigabit speeds.
  • Around 80 per cent of all regional and remote premises will have access to plans based on wholesale speeds of 100 Mbps or more by late 2025. This was estimated at 33 per cent in March 2022.
  • 93 per cent of all Australian homes and businesses will have access to plans based on wholesale speeds of 100 Mbps or more.