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Wiring for high speed

Mayor Paul Pisasale
Mayor Paul Pisasale File

THE Ipswich CBD is set to be connected to the National Broadband Network super-highway with work set to begin by year's end.

The first cables will be laid in November with work to continue until March 2014.

The work will stretch beyond the city limits, bringing the internet revolution to a wide range of Ipswich suburbs.

The NBN radar includes Redbank Plains, Brookwater and Collingwood Park to the north and Yamanto, Churchill and Coalfalls to the south.

North and Central Ipswich and Silkstone round out the areas for stage one of the roll out.

The second stage includes Brassall, Rosewood and Grandchester, due for completion in four years time.

The arrival of the information super-highway will make Ipswich a tantalising prospect for businesses, Mayor Paul Pisasale said.

"Ipswich is a major regional centre and we have built the bitumen highway and now it's time to establish the super highway," he said.

"It's fantastic. No matter where you are you can run a big corporation's head quarters and help with education.

Chamber of Commerce president Brett Kitching said murmurs from the business community indicated they were awaiting its arrival with open arms.

He believes it will only help continue the region's growth.

"It can only be a good thing really because it means the speeds of operation will increase. Whether it's a business or students, no matter what you are using it can only be good," Mr Kitching said.

Introducing the high-speed network to the CBD was a good move for business, he said.

"It's a lower cost of operating in Ipswich compared to Brisbane. If we have got the NBN out here it could give businesses more motivation."

An NBNCo spokesman said it was estimated to take 12 months from the start of construction before the service was available.

Fast Facts

  • The total cost of the NBN project is estimated to be $27.5 billion.
  • 3.5 million premises will be connected to the NBN by mid-2015.
  • The NBN rollout is due to be complete by 2020.

Topics:  internet, ipswich cbd, nbn




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