Coffs broadband rollout delayed

THE rollout of the $36 million national broadband network to Coffs Harbour has seemingly hit an obstacle.

Online media reports have indicated that NBN Co, the company developing the high-speed internet network expects to delay the launch of its second release sites, one of which is Coffs Harbour.

In a statement published on the Computerworld Australia website, NBN Co confirmed the delays of the second state rollouts, citing ongoing contract discussions with Telstra as the reason.

It said “agreement with Telstra was not affecting the progress of NBN Co’s first release sites, which were nearing the completion of their construction phase, but that second release sites would be impacted".

“NBN Co has been advising communities with second release sites that both the Telstra deal and the ACCC decision on points of interconnect are now being factored into the timing of future rollouts.”

There are 19 second release sites, including Coffs Harbour, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Bacchus Marsh and Geraldton.

In the statement, NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley said negotiations with Telstra were “progressing well” and both sides were working through the complex detail of the final negotiation and documentation process.

“A definitive agreement between Telstra and NBN Co will be good for Telstra, good for NBN Co and good for the country,” Mr Quigley said.

“It is therefore worthwhile taking the time to get the right outcome.

“A deal will lead to less disruption for the community and reduce our rollout costs.

"It is better for the community and better for taxpayers."

As reported by Computerworld Australia, Telstra said today it would push back its July 1 extraordinary general meeting, which was to allow shareholders to vote on its financial heads of agreement with NBN Co.

“Negotiations continue to progress well, with all parties working together to agree and document the various detailed arrangements required to implement a transaction of this scale and complexity,” an ASX advisory from the company reads.

The NBN rollout was initially scheduled to arrive in Coffs Harbour next year.

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