High-speed internet can change lives in a multitude of ways. Thousands of those living and working in Newcastle are about to find that out for themselves.
As the second-largest city in New South Wales in terms of population, Newcastle is flush with possibility when it comes to the National Broadband Network (NBN), the lightning-quick internet service being implemented around Australia. (For information on the ins and out of NBN, check out iiNet’s FAQ page. It has everything you need to know about what the NBN can do for you.)
Some locations around Newcastle are already able to take advantage of the NBN. The middle of the region has several towns where access is readily available. Households around Fletcher and those in the northern area around Cameron Park can use the NBN. Further west, those just to the west of Cessnock also have NBN services up and ready.
If you are in one of those live areas, check out iiNet’s NBN plans to choose the one that’s best fit for you. Don’t know which plan is the best? That’s ok, we have a handy guide that steps you through the factors you’ll need to consider.
Further north in Maitland, and the area surrounding it, is another spot where significant progress has been made in rolling out the NBN. Rutherford, Aberglasslyn and Gilleston Heights are NBN-equipped towns. Maitland is not quite NBN-ready yet, but the wait should not be too long. Sites around East Maitland and Morpeth are under construction, while Ashtonfield and Metford are also being prepared for installation.
Those located in the eastern portion of Newcastle should also start getting excited for the NBN’s arrival. A large section is set to be covered by build sites that are currently being prepared. The coverage of the build preparation sites begins in Merewether Heights, at the northern end of Glenrock State Conservation Reserve. It spreads up toward the eastern section of Adamstown, all the way past Hamilton North and Tighes Hill to Mayfield East and Mayfield North. The preparation zone then spreads east along the Hunter River toward Sandgate. The area reaches all the way to the east coast, covering such cities as Maryville, Carrington, Cooks Hill, Bar Beach and all those in between.
Another large chunk of progress sits a further southwest. NBN building has already started in Warners Bay. The building spreads down the coast through Eleebana, Croudace Bay and Valentine, around Green Point Foreshore Reserve and all the way down through Belmont, Belmont South, Marks Point, Pelican and Blacksmiths. Belmont North, Jewells, Bennetts Green, Tingira Heights and Mount Hutton are also included.
Areas from Woodrising up toward Glendale are also getting ready for builds, as are Edgeworth and areas around West Wallsend. Building has started in Killingworth, Barnsley and Holmesville.
Have a look at the NBN Coverage Checker to get an even better idea of just where and when the NBN will be coming to your town.
Is the NBN further away than you’d like? No problem, just hop on the NBN Wait List and we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest NBN news including when it will arrive in your area?
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