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New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria will be the first states to get high-speed fibre broadband to the premises by 2019, as the Federal Government seeks to boost its digital economy.
Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) is expected to deliver the first phase of fibre-to-the-premises broadband in 2019-20.
The NBN is also expected to have a roll-out in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates by 2022.
NBN has also announced it is to roll out its fibre-optic cable in Australia in 2020-21.
The Coalition Government is expected by the end of 2020 to roll- out the NBN in all Australian states and territories.
This will enable the nation to move beyond a ‘digital divide’ in which digital is limited to the home and the workplace.
Fibre optic cable will provide a reliable and affordable broadband service for more people.
It is also believed that the NBN will allow people to move online, and offer cheaper and faster broadband speeds.
However, it is also being touted that the fibre optic cable is being rolled out to all the states and territory in Australia.
The Federal Government says it is committed to increasing the speed of broadband in the country by 30% by 2020-20 and that the rollout will be more cost-effective than other forms of broadband.
The government has also promised to improve the quality of broadband delivered through the NBN, including by improving the delivery of content.
The Government will also continue to promote the NBN to schools, communities and businesses, by introducing free and reduced-cost access.
The NBN will also be rolled out in the Western Australian, New South Welsh and Northern Territory states in 2019.
In Victoria, the Government will roll out fibre optic cables in 2018, but it is not yet clear if the state will get access to the full rollout by 2019-2020.
The National Broadbands Council says the NBN is the first step towards a more vibrant digital economy in Australia, and will help improve the health of the digital economy, while helping businesses build digital skills and reach customers.
Its president Tim Evans said: “As we enter the digital age, we need broadband for the future.”
The NBN can be the critical link in the digital future, helping deliver faster and more reliable broadband for Australians and for businesses.
“As we work towards this goal, we will work hard to ensure that Australians have the choice of broadband speeds that they want and are able to afford.”
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