What do the numbers tell us about Australia’s NBN rollout?
The NBN’s rollout has been plagued by technical problems since it was first announced in 2013.
But it’s finally starting to pick up steam, and it’s showing the signs of a more efficient rollout than it was when the project first went public.
The NBN is now one of the nation’s biggest investments, costing more than $15 billion a year to run.
The rollout has so far been a triumph for the Federal Government, but it has been a mixed success for Labor, with the Opposition saying the Government’s rollout was plagued by problems and a lack of transparency.
The NBN Co has been widely criticised for a lack-of-accountability for delays and missed deadlines.
And it was not the first NBN to run into problems.
The project was launched as part of the Coalition’s “NBN Lite” plan to bring fibre to the home, which promised to deliver high-speed broadband speeds for households, businesses and schools, but which was never delivered.
While the NBN’s cost has soared, its progress has been slow.
The company said it has already had to spend $1.6 billion on upgrading its copper network in Tasmania, and $4.5 billion in other states.
However, the company’s financial performance has improved over the last two years.
In September, NBN Co said the NBN had achieved “the highest level of network performance ever recorded”, and its network had “delivered the fastest speeds and highest reliability in Australia since inception”.
In April, the NBN Co had announced it had surpassed 100 per cent completion on its copper infrastructure in the state of Tasmania.
Since then, the project has seen the NBN start to pick-up speed.
On Monday, NBN Corp said its network was “relatively close” to 100 per and 85 per cent, respectively.
That was a key figure to mark the start of the rollout, as it’s the point at which NBN Co will need to install new copper wires and connect the new fibre to existing copper infrastructure.NBN Co has also begun to deliver fibre to other parts of the country, and in September, it announced it was delivering more than 20 gigabit per second (Gbps) service to households and businesses in Queensland and Victoria.
It said it was aiming to deliver “the fastest fibre to premises” in Australia.
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