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Mornington and Mount Martha NBN Brought Forward

18,400 premises covering all of Mornington and part of Mount Martha are next to get NBN, around a decade earlier than expected under the previous Labor Government.

Reliable, fast broadband is vital for the Mornington and Mount Martha residential areas, but particularly for our commercial and industrial precincts which rely on the internet and electronic communication to operate and succeed.

Under Labor, the rollout was occurring at a painfully slow pace. Prior to and since we were elected to Government, I have hosted the Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull in our electorate several times to explain how crucial reliable, fast broadband is for our community and local economy.

I am heartened NBN Co is now including Mornington and Mount Martha in the Coalition Government’s first round of fibre to the node connections.

Not only will this revised rollout approach see our community get NBN years sooner, it will save months in construction time and neighbourhood disruption, and cost less.

Under fibre to the node, several premises can be connected through one central port. This differs to fibre to the premises, which requires a separate connection for each home or business.

Different rollout approaches are being used in different areas depending on what is possible and appropriate. I am delighted Mornington and Mount Martha premises can get fibre to the node, which will not impact on the quality or performance of their connections but enable vastly improved broadband services to be available sooner.

In early deployments, the technology has delivered speeds which would enable streaming up to 18 high definition videos simultaneously, or other bandwidth intensive applications such as online learning.

Timing for construction will be dependent on a range of factors, but connection is aimed to be available some-time next year.

Meanwhile, work is underway on fast broadband (NBN) in premises in Frankston South from Sweetwater Creek to Humphries Road including parts of Overport Road. Along with Mount Eliza, the work brings the total super-fast broadband connections currently under construction to 15,800.

9,400 premises in the Karingal area and a small part of Frankston are already able to connect.
Residents in these areas are encouraged to go to www.nbnco.com.au to check if they can take advantage of the many benefits of NBN.