NBN wait time at two months

A TWO-MONTH wait can be expected for most Tasmanians hoping to connect to the National Broadband Network.

The average figure for connection was given by an NBN Co spokesman in response to criticism from Tasmania's peak information and communications technology body.

Tas ICT executive officer Dean Winter said the delay was unacceptable and that he believed less than 4000 Tasmanian premises had been passed since the September federal election.

Mr Winter said the delays meant thousands of Tasmanians could still be waiting for a connection.

"So far we haven't seen much action," he said.

"We believe that around 50 per cent of appointments for NBN contractors to come and connect households or businesses to the NBN are being missed at the moment.

"That's an outcome of a poor process that NBN Co is running, and it's a process that's not working."

NBN Co spokesman Andrew Sholl said the company had pledged to reduce connection waiting times to two weeks by October.

"NBN Co and its construction partner in Tasmania have commitments to fibre as many premises this year as were passed in the previous five years of the project," Mr Sholl said.

"We are also improving our construction standards so homes are connected at the same time the fibre is being rolled out down the street."

He said the change in approach, as well as the rollout inclusion of Telstra's copper infrastructure, would speed up the process.

"Everyone in Tasmania will receive the NBN," Mr Sholl said.

"But the rollout will be achieved by working together with construction crews, communities and the telecommunications industry, not by continuing to set heroic targets."

For more information about the National Broadband Network go to www.nbnco.com.au

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