South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.

Target:

57. Broadband access:

The proportion of South Australian premises with access to broadband services delivered by fibre technology meets the national average by 2020



Explanatory Comments

In 2011 this SASP target was modified to measure the proportion of South Australian premises with access to high speed services delivered by fibre technology to ensure alignment with the national figure (87 per cent by 2020) and based on the National Broadband Network (NBN) model at that time. In 2011 (the baseline year) 0.11 per cent of South Australian premises had access (but were not necessarily connected) to broadband services delivered by fibre technology compared with the national average of 0.14 per cent.

Under the Australian Government’s revised NBN model, a multi-technology mix* will be implemented with the State having little ability to influence the nature of technology delivered to South Australian premises as this is influenced by national considerations. Under the revised model, the proportion of premises connected via fibre and other technologies has not been announced (as of October 2014) and is pending the release of a new NBN Corporate Plan expected in early 2015.

In 2014 under the revised NBN model, 2.13% of South Australian premises had access (but not necessarily connected) to broadband services delivered by fibre technology. This compares with the national average of 4.23%. These results are below the expected target trajectory due to the overall delays in the deployment of the NBN.  These delays have been more pronounced in South Australia due to issues with NBN Co contractors.

The South Australian results relate to premises in the Willunga First Release NBN site and in the following locations: Seaford, McLaren Vale, McLaren Flat, Aldinga, Modbury, Prospect, and in various new housing estates.

With the shift to a revised NBN model the data available for 2011 and 2014 are not comparable.

* The new NBN policy will use a mixture of fibre to the premises, fibre to the node and existing Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) under a multi-technology model.  Rural and remote areas will use new wireless and satellite broadband.

Lead Agency

Department of State Development