Feeds

NBN Co is a big turn-off … for copper

Early fibre rollout spots get ready to cut the cord

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

NBN Co has announced it will start switching off copper connections to homes and businesses in some parts of Australia.

The switch-off starts tomorrow, Friday May 23rd, when Armidale, Minnamurra and Kiama Downs in New South Wales, South Morang and Brunswick in Victoria, Townsville, Aitkenvale and Mundingburra in Queensland, Willunga in South Australia and the Tasmanian towns Deloraine, George Town, Kingston Beach, Sorell, St Helens and Triabunna all take a definitive step into the fibrous future.

The big turn-off is potentially problematic for those who have not yet made the jump to a retailer providing NBN-carried services. NBN Co is calling for anyone in those situations to get on their bike and contact their preferred carrier.

The company has also released details of when copper will cark it in other locales, offering the following schedule:

  • Parts of Toowoomba – from 28 August 2014
  • Parts of Aspley – from 28 September 2014
  • Parts of Coffs Harbour – from 17 July 2014
  • Parts of Gosford – from 5 October 2014
  • Parts of South Hobart – from 29 September 2014
  • Parts of Midway Point – from 23 October 2014
  • Parts of Scottsdale – from 23 October 2014
  • Parts of Smithton – from 23 October 2014
  • Further areas planned to switch over in the coming months include:
  • Parts of Gungahlin – from 17 July 2014
  • Parts of Bacchus Marsh – from 5 October 2014

NBN-watchers will recognise many of the locales above as early testbeds for the network. Armidale in New South Wales, for example, is smack bang in the former electorate of independent MP Tony Windsor, an NBN enthusiast, and was therefore made an early target for fibre-to-the-premises rollout.

That NBN Co can publish lists of copper-killer suburbs is therefore a milestone of sorts, but scarcely milestone suggesting the network's rollout is making progress. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.