Digital future of Australia13 May 2015 by News Desk
Rollout of Australia’s National Broadband Network is gathering pace and is set to transform work and home life across the country.
The digital future of Australia will see the layout of homes change with family rooms giving way to a communications hub, where parents work and kids do their homework assignments, according to social researcher Bernard Salt.
More than 75,000 Queensland homes and businesses have connected to the National Broadband Network so far. Another 90,000 have the option to connect, including parts of Ascot, Aspley, Toowoomba, Ipswich, New Farm, Goodna and Townsville.
Construction is under way to expand it to another 200,000 properties and the next rollout schedule, released this month, will add a further 111,000 including parts of western Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, north Queensland, the Darling Downs and Wide Bay-Burnett.
Average cost of broadband via the new National Broadband Network is $100 a month for 1Tb (terabyte) of bandwidth – 500GB of data at peak times and another 500GB off-peak.
Darrell Todd, CEO of thinking australia, says: “The new National Broadband Network will ensure that Australia becomes one of the most connected countries in the world. Super-fast broadband will not only transform home life, it will enable Aussie businesses to compete more effectively on the global stage”.