The expansion of construction follows the coming into force at the start of the month the milestone Definitive Agreements between NBN Co and Telstra.
The deal delivers value to taxpayers by enabling NBN Co to build the network faster and more efficiently than would otherwise have been the case. Access to Telstra’s existing infrastructure, such as its underground ducts and exchanges, will also reduce disruption to communities.
NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley said:
"This is a significant day for Australia’s digital future."
"Construction contracts are in place and the major commercial and regulatory hurdles have been cleared, giving us the momentum we need to deliver better broadband to every Australian no matter where they live."
"The NBN is not just about faster internet - it’s about an upgrade to the infrastructure that will underpin the delivery of vital applications that Australians will need over the coming decades. This is a great step forward in preparing our country for the future and helping to address some of its biggest challenges in healthcare, education and business."