The Broadband Availability and Quality: Summary Report has been released by the Australian Government today, indicating that there are more than 1.6 million premises in the country with very poor or no fixed broadband access at all.
Despite of committing tens of billions of dollars to the construction of a NBN, the previous Government had not ever attempted to identify those areas of Australia which had the most inadequate broadband and in the rollout of the NBN under Labor there was no apparent effort to prioritise areas of greatest need.
The report is the latest step in the Australia Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) reform agenda in ensuring the network is rolled out sooner, cheaper to taxpayers and more affordably.
Overall the analysis found that there are areas of inadequate access to infrastructure across the country – approximately 1.4 million premises (13 per cent) are in areas where fewer than 40 per cent of premises can access a fixed broadband service. The premises in this category are typically located in regional or remote areas of Australia, or in small pockets of poor service in metropolitan and outer metropolitan areas.
Meanwhile, there are approximately 700,000 premises still unable to get access to a fixed broadband service and an additional 920,000 premises in areas with estimated median peak download speeds of less than 4.8 megabits per second (Mbps).
Key Preliminary Findings of This Report
- 9.9 million premises (91 per cent) have access to fixed line broadband services delivered via xDSL technology.
- 3.1 million premises (28 per cent) have access to a high speed broadband platform(defined as including fibre-to-the-premises, fibre-to-the-node, hybrid fibre coaxial networks and fixed wireless networks).
- 8.8 million premises (81 per cent) have access to 3G mobile broadband services and about 6.4 million premises (59 per cent) have access to 4G services.
- All Australian premises are covered by satellite broadband, although there is a ceiling to the capacity of these services and therefore not all premises can access a service.
- 3.1 million premises (28 per cent) have access to peak download speeds of between 25Mbps and 110Mbps.
- 7.1 million premises (65 per cent) are in areas that have access to peak median download speeds of less than 24Mbps over the copper network.
- About 0.7 million (6 per cent) premises are unable to get access to a fixed broadband service.
- Of premises with access to xDSL broadband services over copper, about 3.7 million are located in areas with an estimated peak median download speed of less than 9Mbps, and 920,000 in areas with an estimated peak median download speed of less than 4.8Mbps.
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