Nearly 1.8M Australians households lack broadband access as telcoms await NBN rollout

Nearly 1.8M Australians households lack broadband access as telcoms await NBN rollout

According to Australian telecom industry consumer group, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), hundreds of thousands of households in the country are left stranded without broadband access because telecom companies are waiting for the roll out of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Going by the figures shared by ACCAN, approximately 1.8 million Australian households do not have access to adequate broadband service. Nearly one-third of these households lack broadband access because existing exchanges are full to capacity.

In the wake of the apparent unwillingness of telecom firms to make investments in upgrading their exchanges ahead of the NBN rollout which is dragging on, authorities are now urging the telecom firms to boost their investment in infrastructure because of the unavailability of broadband access to Australian households.

The ‘increase infrastructure investment’ request to telecom firms is a result of the fact that ACCAN has revealed that nearly 450,000 households will be without Internet connections by the end of the 2018 financial year if telecom firms do not upgrade their exchanges prior to the NBN rollout.

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