Australian Government announces $3.5bn NBN upgrade to roll out fibre ‘deeper and closer to homes’

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Australia’s national broadband network will roll out fibre “deeper and closer to homes and businesses” under a $3.5bn upgrade package to be announced on Wednesday.

The federal communications minister, Paul Fletcher, will use an address to the National Press Club to defend the Coalition’s approach of “committing to more fibre when it makes economic sense to do so”.

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Millions of Australians are set to get access to ultra-fast broadband under a $3.5 billion upgrade to the NBN, expected to be finished by 2023, in a backdown by the Government from its original plan for the network’s rollout.

The major shake-up will see 6 million homes with access to internet speeds “of up to” 1 gigabit per second.

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