Schedule blowout for NBN

THE NBN Co's latest corporate plan shows how far behind schedule the rollout has been, but is light on details about when Tasmania will be fully connected.

The three-year plan, released yesterday, shows that 105,000 existing buildings across Australia had active NBN connections by the end of June 2014.

Just two years ago, the company had planned to have four times as many active connections by the same date.

The corporate plan says the company expects to activate a further 200,000 connections in the current financial year.

A statement from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the corporate plan showed substantial progress had been made since the Coalition took office last year.

TasICT executive officer Dean Winter said Tasmanians were still in the dark about the NBN's progress.

"Uncertainty continues for households and businesses looking to upgrade to the NBN," he said.

"Simple questions about what technology they'll get and when they'll get it continue to be left unanswered.

"Major public infrastructure projects should have a set of delivery targets and a reliable way to track performance. The Tasmanian NBN rollout no longer has either."

Mr Turnbull told The Examiner a detailed rollout plan for Tasmania would be released early next year, but he said the state could still expect to be fully connected before the rest of the country.

Mr Turnbull said the rollout plan would also fill in the blanks in the current rollout map.


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