Faster broadband for outer suburbs and regions

Published: 13 October 2022

Faster broadband is coming to outer suburban Melbourne and regional Victoria over the next three years, with more than 130,000 businesses and households set to benefit from digital upgrades through the $250 million Connecting Victoria broadband program.

We are partnering with NBN Co, Opticomm, and Swoop to deliver faster broadband in more than 180 locations, including 150 areas in regional Victoria.

NBN Co will be delivering the vast majority of the broadband upgrades through a $195.4 million agreement with the Victorian Government.

The new broadband upgrades are focused in areas where digital infrastructure has not kept pace with business and population growth, and will make Victoria the best connected state in Australia.

An extra 2,000 kilometres of fibre will be installed, as well as the 1,000 kilometres of fibre already being rolled out over the next three years – almost the distance between Melbourne and Cairns.

For more than 40 Victorian towns including Baw Baw, Cann River, Talbot, Toolangi and Merino the new infrastructure will give them access to fixed wireless services for the first time, delivering significantly faster speeds than currently available through sateliite internet services.

Two of Victoria’s regional tourism hotspots – Mount Buller and Marysville – will soon have access to faster and more reliable wholesale broadband speeds of around one gigabit per second, which are significantly faster than satellite services currently available.

Fast and reliable broadband will now be available to around 15,000 businesses across the state, with 15 new business fibre zones where businesses can access Enterprise Ethernet services with zero upfront build costs when they order an eligible plan, including 13 in regional Victoria. Orders can be placed with retail service providers from 1 November 2022.

These broadband projects build on the $73 million already invested to improve broadband connections across 54 suburbs and mobile services upgrades in over 1,000 sites as part of the $550 million Connecting Victoria Program.

All fibre funded through the program is due to be rolled out by mid-2025, with some locations being able to connect from mid-2023.

The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is fast-tracking better mobile and broadband in as many places as possible.

To find out more, visit Connecting Victoria.

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