Don't leave it too late to make the switch to the NBN, as the cooper wire network is being turned off.
Don't leave it too late to make the switch to the NBN, as the cooper wire network is being turned off. Trevor Veale

Copper wire the end of an era on the Coffs Coast

THERE are 30 days before the retirement of copper services in parts of Coffs Harbour commences.

Superceded by the National Broadband Network, the cooper wire network is gradually being turned off in parts of the city. 

The NBN is scheduled to replace most existing home and business phones, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services in parts of Coffs Harbour, which will be officially switched off from July 17.

NBN Co today urged the remaining eligible home and business owners in the area to put an order in with their preferred telephone company or internet service provider as soon as possible.

"The move to the NBN is not automatic and may take some planning and coordination. Home and business owners in the affected parts of Coffs Harbour need to move their landline phone, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services over to the NBN - if they wish to continue using them. Alternatively some may choose to make do with mobile or other wireless solutions," NBN Co.'s Darren Rudd said.

"We particularly want all business owners with EFTPOS machines and fax or security alarm systems which operate using a landline connection to contact their banks and preferred phone or internet company to discuss what steps are required to migrate these services over to the NBN."

Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager, North Coast NSW, Sue Passmore urged customers to act quickly to avoid potential disruption to their landline and broadband services. 

"A majority of our remaining customers who are yet to move across to the NBN currently only have a landline service," Ms Passmore said. 

"We're concerned some still believe that voice services aren't affected by the NBN.

"It's important to understand that customers in areas serviced by NBN Co's fibre network need to move phone services onto the NBN if they want to keep their voice service. It's not just for broadband."

The copper network will start to be switched off in Coffs Harbour in a month's time.
The copper network will start to be switched off in Coffs Harbour in a month's time.


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