UPDATE (April 2015): While this post was written a while ago now, much of the information is still valid.
There is now a website called mynbn.info which allows you to check on progress for a specific address, sign up for updates, and view the rollover maps.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is gradually going live in areas all across Tasmania. Tasmania is set to be the first state in Australia to be fully connected to the NBN by the end of 2015.
To see which areas are live now and when each part of Tasmania is expected to have work commenced or completed visit www.mynbn.info . Personally we found this site to have the most up to date and useable information. The NBN does provide a roll out map, however our own address was not showing the current status at the time we were connected. So it is worth checking both sites sometimes.
We have been connected in Sandy Bay for just under a week. We are noticing a good improvement in uploads, stability and speed when using multiple devices. We use VOIP for our phone calls and have noticed an improvement in voice quality since changing to the NBN. However, many websites are not faster to load due to server capacity at their end. Unfortunately the NBN can’t fix everyone else in the world!
Below is an extract from a press release from NBN Co and following that an article from The Mercury about the NBN luring hi-tech people to Tasmania.
Tasmania leads Australia for better broadband
The National Broadband Network gained further momentum in Tasmania today as NBN Co switched on the network for an additional 10,600 homes and businesses across the state.
The first Launceston families and businesses are now able to connect to the NBN fibre network which passes 4,300 premises in an area bordered by George St, Howick St and Bathurst St with the fibre rollout stretching as far down to Tamar/North Esk river heads. Parts of the surrounding suburb of Newstead have also been activated.
The NBN is also now available to 6,300 homes, farms and businesses in 19 rural and remote areas of Tasmania via the latest in 4G fixed-wireless technology. These communities are located around:
Sorell Round Hill Cygnet Weymouth Richmond Lulworth Herringback Mole Creek Huonville Mount Hicks Natone Mount Direction Deloraine Westbury Yolla Mount Direction Snug Deviot George Town
Civic and community leaders came together in Launceston this morning at an official ceremony to mark the switch-on of the extended NBN footprint. Acting Mayor of Launceston City Council, Alderman Jeremy Ball welcomed the switch on of the NBN in Launceston and the opportunities the NBN could bring to people who live and work in the region.
“I’ve been speaking with so many local business owners who have been waiting on tenterhooks for this day to arrive, because of the opportunities it will bring to their businesses,” Acting Mayor Ball said. “It is great that Tasmania is leading the way in the rollout of faster broadband and homes and businesses should take advantage of the abundant opportunities this brings.”
Welcoming the NBN switch-on in the bush locations, Jan Davis, CEO Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association said: “Faster broadband has much to offer farmers across Tasmania and will allow efficiencies and resourceful working practices to the industry.
“We are fortunate to be among the first in Australia to be able to access the faster network and the opportunities this presents. Having already seen some great examples of how broadband has aided smarter farming in mainland Australia, we are looking forward to the changes the NBN can bring to farming practices locally,” Ms Davis said.
NBN Co Tasmania spokesperson, Lalla Mackenzie said the enlarged NBN footprint gives a further boost to Tasmania, which is set to be the first state in Australia to be fully connected to the NBN by the end of 2015. “Tasmanians clearly want better broadband. When the NBN becomes available in an area it’s in very high demand. The average take-up of the NBN after six months is already more than 30 per cent,” Mrs Mackenzie said.
“People are discovering that they can work from home like they would from the office; get all the family online at once and stream TV over the internet without constant stuttering and buffering. Prices and packages are comparable to existing plans.”
Today’s announcement of the network rollout reaching over 10,600 new premises means that over 34,000 homes and businesses are now able to access the NBN in Tasmania. Homes and businesses can already order an NBN service in Midway Point, Scottsdale, Smithton, Triabunna, Deloraine, Sorell, St Helens, George Town, Kingston and Hobart with construction commenced in areas including Somerset, Weymouth, Beechford, East Devonport, Deloraine and Ross.
This story from The Mercury.
NBN lures hi-tech crowd
Business people and professionals are moving to Tasmania from interstate and overseas to take advantage of the state’s early National Broadband Network roll-out.
Bass Labor MHR Geoff Lyons said he knew of people from as far away as the US, Western Australia and Sydney who had moved to Tasmanian towns where NBN optic fibres had been rolled out first. Mr Lyons said high-speed internet and the Tasmanian lifestyle should prove an irresistible combination for professionals who could perform high-powered jobs from home.
IT manager Lionel Walters, of communications giant Cisco Systems, has worked from home at Deloraine since moving his family from Sydney 18 months ago.
New parliamentary secretary for broadband Ed Husac said in Launceston yesterday that Tasmania’s NBN roll-out was on track to be finished in 2015, with the connection of just over 200,000 premises.
Digital Tasmania spokesman Andrew Connor said the optic fibre roll-out and its uptake by consumers had been accelerating. More than 50 per cent of Kingston premises had signed up to optic fibre services.
Mr Husac hit the start button for NBN wireless services, which is now available to small communities surrounding 19 Tasmanian towns.
The Federal Government-owned Telco NBNCo also launched its newest optic fibre network, which connects 4300 premises in Launceston. It increases the number of premises connected to optic fibre to more than 20,000.
The fixed wireless technology networks will connect a further 10,600 homes to the NBN in areas including Snug, Cygnet, Huonville and Sorell.
Darren Alexander, a director of TAS NBNCo and chief executive of Autech, a Launceston technology business with world-wide markets, said NBN connections offered businesses good value. “My business will be paying $105 a month. That’s exactly $5 more than I’m paying now and it’s going to be six times faster. “That’s what I call value for money,” he said. The faster connections would enable him to spend more time in Launceston while communicating via video conferencing.
TasICT executive officer Dean Winter yesterday said he was disappointed the Department of Broadband and the Digital Economy had cancelled this month’s NBN business forums in Hobart and Launceston.
Do you think the NBN will make a difference to business in Tasmania? Do you consider the quality of your internet connection when moving to a new place?