NBN coming to Norwest Business Park

Businesses in the Norwest Business Park are a step closer to joining the superfast era with planning and design work on the National Broadband Network scheduled for late 2015 and construction expected to start in Q2 2016.

Consistent with the multi-technology mix approach taken by the nbn™, planning work undertaken for the Norwest Business Park has determined that the business park will be served by fibre-to-the-premises technology.

Under the nbn deployment principles, published in November[1], the company has identified areas with a high number of business customers to prioritise in the rollout.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the new approach will maximise both the company’s revenue and productivity opportunities for customers.

“The work done to identify areas such as the Norwest Business Park is in keeping with our reform of the company rolling out National Broadband Network, to ensure it is proceeding in a more efficient and businesslike manner,” he said.

“I have visited Norwest many times and have spoken to many small and medium businesses in the park who say that better connectivity is vital to their work”.

In the seat of Mitchell, the nbn’s fixed line network is available to almost 2,500 premises, with work due to commence in areas covering an additional 14,200 premises over the next 18 months, covering Bella Vista, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook, Glenhaven, Kellyville, Rouse Hill, The Ponds and West Pennant Hills.

Around 63 per cent of premises in Mitchell are covered by the Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) networks used to deliver Pay TV, which will be upgraded and integrated into the NBN from mid-2016.

Mitchell MP Alex Hawke said: “As of the election, there was very little sign of the NBN’s progress but we are now getting on with the job. 

“The rollout is targeting important areas like Norwest Business Park and we will be upgrading other areas in the electorate, with work ramping up considerably over the next 18 months”.

Construction can take up to 12 months before an area is declared ‘ready for service’.

Updates on the progress of the rollout in Norwest Business Park will be published on the maps on the company’s website at www.nbnco.com.au/maps.