Glen Innes will not get NBN connection until 2020

WORKING HARD: technicians from NBN were hard at work in Glen Innes' Grey Street in June.
WORKING HARD: technicians from NBN were hard at work in Glen Innes' Grey Street in June.

Glen Innes will have to wait until next year for modern internet, with NBN pushing back an expected completion date originally scheduled to be finished in September.

The town will be the last in the region to get access to fibre internet speeds when switched over at the end of January next year.

A spokesperson for NBN blamed the "complexity of the works, in particular issues with the aerial build required in the area" for the delay.

"We apologise for the delay and we ask the community for its patience as this important work is carried out to complete the nbn network rollout in Glen Innes," the spokesperson said.

NBN is currently installing fibre to the node to 2600 homes in Glen Innes. In June a spokesperson estimated the company would have finished the job by September.

Half the town of Inverell got access last year and NBN co are on track to finish the rest of the town by the end of the year.

Armidale was the very first mainland city to get the NBN, with super fast internet switched on by 2013. Tenterfield was hooked up by September 2018, with Moree linked up in May.

The NBN spokesperson said the rollout is one of the most complex and ambitious initiatives to be undertaken in Australia.

"While we would like to connect everyone at the same time, the sheer size of the country and the complexity of the build means that this is not possible.

"Nationally, the NBN network build is on track to be completed by 30 June 2020."

The entire town will have access simultaneously, though some houses and businesses might require extra engineering work to hook up to the network.

In a media statement, NBN Co said they had developed a sequence for the rollout that takes into account practical, financial and engineering criteria. Determining the sequence is a complex process of weighing up factors, including the location of construction resources, existing broadband infrastructure and proximity to nbn infrastructure.

An NBN representative will be in Glen Innes next Friday as part of Get Online Week, offering advise at the Super Strawberry from 7.30am to 9.30.

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