NBN FTTN trial interstate zipping along

DOWNLOAD speeds up to 96 megabits per second have been reported by one of Australia's first fibre-to-the-node National Broadband Network users in New South Wales.

Umina's Martin McInnes said his connection also showed upload speeds of up to 30 megabits per second in an NBNCo press release yesterday.

The FTTN trials will be conducted through 100 nodes across Queensland and New South Wales, in conjunction with Telstra.

NBNCo chief executive Bill Morrow said the initiatives were key to progressing the organisation's mixed technology approach to the network.

FTTN involves running fibre-optic cable to a connection hub, which is then transferred to homes via copper wire.

Tasmanian information communication and technology industry peak body TasICT chief executive Dean Winter said users should watch for the results of the trials.

Mr Winter said he suspected the future of fibre-to-the-premesis rollout would rely on the success of the Queensland and New South Wales FTTN tests.

``The issue for Tasmanian consumers continues to be whether they will receive the NBN at all,'' he said.

``Based on the rate of the progress on the fibre rollout since December 2013, we won't see the project completed until 2031.''

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