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Australia NBN to be ten times faster than expected

08-12-2010 10:25 BJT

CANBERRA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Australian Labor Party on Thursday said its National Broadband Network (NBN) will deliver Internet speeds 10 times faster than first thought, at one gigabit per second.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy are in state of Hobart on Thursday to officially launch the first part of the national fiber-optic broadband network.

When the Government first unveiled its 43 billion dollars (38.6 billion U.S. dollars) NBN it promised to deliver speeds of 100 megabits per second (mbps).

But Senator Conroy now said fiber-optic speeds will hit one gigabit per second, 10 times faster than first thought.

"The announcement by NBN Co to increase capacity on the network shows that fiber technology is truly about future-proofing the nation," Senator Conroy told Australia Associated Press in Hobart on Thursday.

The Government said the NBN will provide fiber-optic connections to 93 percent of the population. The remainder would receive wireless or satellite technology.

The Coalition also revealed its broadband policy this week, pledging to spend six billion dollars (5.4 billion U.S. dollars)to deliver Internet speeds of up to 100mbps to 97 percent of Australians through a range of technologies.

The Coalition has vowed to dump the NBN because it said it is too expensive and it does not support a nationally owned network.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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