NBN Co has announced a sixth tranche of suburbs and towns across Australia that will become eligible to upgrade to NBN’s Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with Monash residents set to benefit from access to ultra-fast broadband, according to local federal MP Russell Broadbent.

Mr Broadbent said towns and communities across the region would benefit from being able to access ultra-fast broadband.

“This will create jobs in the community, ensure local businesses can access the speeds they need to thrive, and improve connectivity for families in the entire region,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Households and businesses in towns such as Cape Paterson and Wonthaggi will be able to access NBN Co’s fastest internet plans of up to 1 gigabit per second, on demand by 2023.”

Furthermore, NBN Co has also announced that under the sixth tranche, Smiths Beach, Sunderland Bay, Sunset Strip and Surf Beach will be upgraded from FTTN to FTTP.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said today’s announcement would bring the total to 1.6 million premises of the 2 million target.

“This next stage will see another 200,000 premises eligible, many of which are in the Monash electorate, which will drive significant benefits to the community,” Minister Fletcher said.

“NBN Co will now work with its construction and delivery partners to get premises in the Monash region ready to upgrade to ultra-fast speeds when they choose to do so.

“This represents a key part of NBN Co’s $3.5 billion investment that will see 75 per cent of Australia’s fixed line network able to access ultra-fast broadband by 2023.”

For more information on the NBN, go to nbnco.com.au.