In pictures: Melbourne switches on the NBN

Prime Minister Julia Gillard flicks the switch at a ceremony at the Brunswick Town Hall

  • Students at Circular Head School in Smithon, Tasmania. The school was one of the first in the country to be connected to the National Broadband Network.

    The mainland trial phase is due to run until late September, after which residents in the Brunswick fibre coverage area are expected to be able to order broadband services over the NBN from retail service providers.

    More than 700 homes and businesses across Australia are now connected to the NBN as part of the trials, including 114 on the mainland. The network trial is up and running in Kiama on the NSW South Coast, in Armidale in the Central West of NSW and in the Tasmanian communities of Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point. Construction is underway in seven additional sites in Tasmania.

  • NBN Construction – Use of Existing Pit

    Construction worker in Brunswick uses an existing pit to lay down fibre for the National Broadband Network.

    Work in the suburb began in October 2010 with construction partner Telstra accessing its existing underground infrastructure to help minimise the impact of the rollout. The project also involved the cooperation of Moreland City Council and Mayor, Oscar Yildiz.

    So far 19 retail service providers have signed up to participate in the NBN trial phase, 10 of which have passed through NBN Co’s certification process in readiness to test services - AAPT, Adam Internet, Exetel, iiNet, Internode, Nextgen Networks, Optus, Platform Networks, Primus and Telstra.
  • An NBN construction Worker visits a member of the community in Brunswick.

    The suburb is the [[artnid:396049|third mainland test site]] to connect to the fibre optic-enabled NBN. The network covers about 2,689 premises in the suburb and, according to NBN Co, 1,405 of these premises have consented to the lead-in to the fibre network, representing a 52 per cent take-up rate.

    To date [[artnid:396037|fourteen customers have connected]] as part of the trial in Brunswick, with more service activations in the queue.

  • Brunswick Construction - Haulling Fibre

    Construction worker in Brunswick lays down fibre for the National Broadband Network.

    Brunswick was selected as a First Release Site because it is an established urban area, with a mix of single and multi-unit dwellings. The inner city suburb represents some of the diversity of housing types and situations NBN Co will encounter across Australia in the volume rollout.
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