Cabling NBN Install
Thanks to a recent major upgrade install of cabling to the National Broadband Network or NBN, residents and business along the Sunshine Coast will have access to ultra-fast internet ADSL service over the next three years. This means that three out of four homes in Australia will have considerably higher internet speeds reaching up to 1GB per section by 2023. This represents an increase of 6 million homes added to the network.
The investment to install ADSL broadband service in Australia has been considerable. The result has been 17,000 added jobs to the construction to expand the network. Plus, over 8,000 jobs will be created by the expansion of the digital services thanks to the upgrade that have been made. This means an estimated $1.5 billion of GDP growth by increasing the size of the broadband network. Better connectivity means more people turning to the internet for job creation.
Currently, 7.5 million homes in Australia are connected to NBN. The baseline speed for data digital network is currently 35 megabits per second. However, less than 20% of properties or fixed-line premises have access to the ultra-fast broadband. This is necessary to expand job growth and potential for the entire country.
By increasing access to ultra-fast broadband, it means that more people can now build online businesses, freelance their services in a digital format, and perhaps most importantly conduct their services from where they want to live. Instead of having to travel to find certain jobs or open businesses, the computer network allows entrepreneurs both large and small to create their own companies and services from where they want to live.
Speeding Up the Cabling NBN Install
The program to expand broadband services did not come without controversy. Divisions in the approach between the Labor and Conservative parties led to disagreement over which method was considered the best and most affordable.
The Conservative plan was adapted which focused on upgrading the Telstra and Optus cabling. And included fibre-to-the-node and fibre-to-the-premises resulted in speeding up the construction of the network far faster than the original plan by the Labor party which was abandoned in 2013. The result was that when COVID-19 struck, 98% of the NBN install was complete. This compared to the original Labor plan which called for 93% installation by 2021.
Going faster may have cut a few corners, but the result was that when the pandemic shut down much of the country and the world, the network was virtually completed. Today, as restrictions are being lifted, the final touches are being put into the network. If the original plan had been followed, considerably less of the country would have the new broadband service available.
ADSL Broadband High Speed Service
The NBN install must be considered a success even with the challenges of COVID-19. The ADSL broadband service which reaches all parts of Australia, including the Sunshine Coast, brings with it more than high-speed internet service. The new cabling and increased broadband capacity means that more jobs and an overall improvement of internet services translates to a promising future for all Australians.