An NBN upgrade will bring faster internet speeds to the Northern Beaches, according to Mackellar MP Jason Falinski.

As one of the last places in Australia to complete the NBN rollout, it now covers 99 percent of the electorate and according to Mr Falinski the uptake so far has been around 60 percent of Mackellar.

Once the NBN is available, households have a twelve-month window in which to transfer their existing service across to an NBN provided service. Some people have complained that the NBN offers them the same speed, but costs more.

The Fibre To The Node (FTTN) technology that was used to accelerate the NBN rollout has been criticised as not being substantially better than was already available.

The Federal Government has acknowledged this criticism with a $3.5b network upgrade to deliver ‘ultrafast’ broadband. Mr Falinski said this was a ‘major win’ for the people in his electorate.

Jason Falinski

Jason Falinski

“This announcement will mean more than 68 percent of Mackellar will have access to ultrafast speeds. This will come as a huge relief to residents who are tired of poor internet,” said Mr Falinski.

The upgrade will see more than 50k homes and businesses, or 68 percent, of Mackellar with access to ‘ultrafast’ speeds by 2023.

Ultrafast is being defined as a potential speed of up to one gigabit per second (Gbps), or around ten times faster than current maximum speeds for many homes. To obtain this speed, homes and businesses will need to upgrade to a Fibre to The Home (FTTH) connection.

Mr Falinski said that some of the homes in his electorate that were among the first connected to the NBN will see the benefits of increased speeds. He nominated the suburbs of Palm Beach, Avalon Beach, Bilgola Plateau, Bilgola Beach, Whale Beach and Clareville as being the early adopters.

The government will also be establishing a program to address poor quality wiring inside premises, which is often a contributor to poor connectivity.

The timeline for the government’s plan is:

  • Premises currently served by FTTN will be able to order ultrafast services in 2023
  • Premises currently served by Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) will be able to order ultrafast services from December 2021
  • Premises currently served by Fibre To The Curb (FTTC) will be able to order ultrafast services in 2023

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