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News Corp Australia Network
November 10, 2016

Not quite light speed, but NBN sites underway in region

Ocean Grove is a front-runner as the National Broadband Network (NBN) reaches out across the Bellarine Peninsula, the Surf Coast and Geelong, with 37 new development sites either with high-speed broadband services now available or under construction around the region.

There are six different broadband sites in Ocean Grove now under construction, including the Goandra, Oakdene and Kingston estates, with some homes ready to be switched on to the network. Other parts of the region are not far behind, with the NBN underway in two sites in Torquay at Surf View, four sites at Point Lonsdale’s Point Estate, two sites around Portarlington, in Secret by the Bay and Arlington Rise, and 12 sites across the large Warralily development.

These estates will be among the first in Australia to see the benefits of high-speed NBN optic fibre connections.

In addition, there are a range of additional broadband sites being developed by private sector companies, such as Opticomm, including Villawood’s Armstrong Mount Duneed development in Armstrong Creek, Curlewis in Drysdale and potentially in the Zeally Sands in Torquay.

Curlewis Estate is the first fibre-connected community to be up and running.

It is claimed the early fitting of broadband to greenfield sites is fuelling homebuyer take-up in these areas, boosting building activity and jobs, and attracting many small home-based businesses. The local Curlewis Parks estate manager in Drysdale, Brett Thompson, said the estate is now attracting families from Point Cook and Werribee due to broadband speeds.

"The speed of the web is a big reason they choose Curlewis Parks."

Ocean Grove will also be one of the first so-called "brownfield" sites - established townships - to get the NBN broadband services, along with Queenscliff, and Torquay, Bellbrae and Jan Juc on the Surf Coast.

However, whilst services will be complete to all of these townships by 2015, other local communities will have to wait longer. This has resulted in criticisms from some businesses and homeowners who want broadband delivery earlier.

NBN chief executive Mike Quigley recently restated NBN Co’s commitment to having fibre deployment to 758,000 premises nationally by December 2013.

Opticomm general manager Geoff Aldridge said his company already had an additional 150,000 dwellings under contract for Opticomm’s services across Australia.

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