There may be 19,500 premises in Orange which can access the National Broadband Network (NBN), but there are still pockets of the city awaiting access.
The city’s network went live in October last year, with residents and businesses who were able to connect to the NBN required to switch within 18 months.
But, according to NBN Co’s roll out map, parts of east Orange – including March, Winter, Wolsley, Seymour and Treweeke streets – are still without access to the network.
Lombardy Way, Eliza Place, Carwoola Drive, Brookfield Way, Centennial Crescent and Poplars Drive in west Orange, as well as Botanic Way, Lantana Place and Begonia Place in north Orange, are also listed as “under construction” on the NBN website.
NBN Co spokeswoman Marcela Balart said “these small pockets include new developments in various stages of being built and upgrade works to newly developed estates in Orange”.
She said in some cases the rollout map “over-represents the volume of works underway as there are some premises within these areas that can already order an NBN service or have already connected to the network”.
“There will be some cases where construction to homes will be taking place while we undertake works, as requested by property developers.”
Ms Balart said the initial requirement that residents change to the NBN within 18 months of the October, 2016 switch-on had been adjusted.
“In some cases a default 2020 timeframe will be provided while more accurate timings can be confirmed, however it is expected these premises will be able to order a service over the course of the year,” she explained.
“Residents and businesses will receive correspondence from the NBN explaining what they need to do to switch over to the NBN.”
“The final piece of correspondence is registered post and comes about one month prior to the disconnection date.
“If premises are unserviceable at the time of disconnection, their line will be quarantined in order for the premise to physically retain a service.”