| 02.01,12. 11:53 PM |
Just 2315 users as NBN fails to deliver
January 03, 2012
LABOR's National Broadband Network has signed up only 2300 properties, despite originally promising it would have tens of thousands of customers onboard by now.
The opposition yesterday labelled the $36 billion project "a joke" after new figures showed the government-owned company was languishing behind its corporate plan.
The plan's projections had predicted the number of premises with active fibre services would be 35,000 by last June and 137,000 by this June.
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But the NBN yesterday defended the take-up rate, insisting a number of service providers still had to bring their plans to the market and the company would raise its rollout this year with 500,000 more premises bypassed.
In the update quietly released yesterday marking its "4000th customer", the NBN Co confirmed only 2315 premises were connected to the flagship fibre cable network.
Another 1700 premises in rural areas signed to the satellite service for regional areas.
The project has now passed 18,200 homes and businesses, also down on the 58,000 sites forecast by last June.