Connecting Victoria is focused on improving mobile coverage and broadband access across the state.
The Victorian Government is partnering with industry telecommunications providers to help deliver new infrastructure in as many places as possible, as quickly as possible.
Visit Delivering for Victoria to see all the Connecting Victoria locations announced so far.
Improving mobile service
The Victorian Government is investing $300 million to improve mobile connectivity across the state.
Locations that have been announced so far are Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Lara, the Latrobe Valley, Warrnambool, Melton and Melbourne’s outer north, outer south-east and outer west. The Victorian Government is partnering with telecommunications providers Optus and TPG Telecom to build new and upgrade existing mobile infrastructure in these places.
The improved mobile connectivity will cover more than 2,352 square kilometres and benefit more than 586,000 premises, delivering better mobile services where they are needed most. This will help to grow businesses, create jobs and connect more Victorians to loved ones.
Optus and TPG Telecom have agreed to share infrastructure at some of the sites, giving locals a choice of mobile providers and improving competition.
Fast, reliable broadband in 54 new locations
Residents and businesses in 54 locations across the state are getting access to faster, more reliable broadband in the latest stage of Connecting Victoria’s broadband project.
The Victorian Government is partnering with NBN Co to lay more than 1,015 kilometres of fibre to upgrade internet for 34,000 residents and 7,700 businesses over the next two years.
The upgrades will give Victorians access to internet download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, making it easier for people to connect with loved ones, achieve their work or study goals, boost their businesses and create jobs.
Fibre to the Premises
The Victorian Government is funding NBN Co to run fibre along streets past homes and businesses in selected locations. In return, NBN Co has committed to install a fibre connection at no charge all the way to the premises where an order for a 100 megabit per second service is placed with a participating retail service provider.
Victorians can find out whether they are eligible for an FTTP connection and register their interest on NBN Co’s website. All FTTP fibre funded by the Victorian Government is due to be rolled out by mid-2024, with some locations being able to connect from mid-2023.
Business Fibre Zones
In August 2021, the Victorian Government announced that up to 10,000 Victorian businesses across 12 locations can access faster and more reliable fibre internet through Enterprise Ethernet services.
Those locations are Hamilton, Portland, Wonthaggi-Inverloch, Warragul, Colac, Benalla, Dromana, Pakenham North, Pakenham South, Lara and Cranbourne South.
In March 2022, five more locations were added to the list: Alfredton, Buninyong, Loch Sport, Rockbank-Mount Cottrell and Tarneit.
More information on the Enterprise Ethernet services and coverage areas is available through NBN Co’s website.
How more places will be selected
Connecting Victoria will continue to partner with telecommunications providers to improve mobile coverage and broadband access in more places in outer suburban Melbourne and regional Victoria.
When selecting locations, we are considering existing gaps in connectivity and where infrastructure improvements will make the biggest difference for communities and businesses, particularly in terms of economic opportunities, safety and inclusion.
We will continue to engage with the community and businesses throughout the program.
Page last updated: 16 September 2022