Rent.com.au has released its quarterly update on NBN availability for properties listed on the site in Q2 2017. Despite some growth in the number of NBN-ready rentals across the board, the rollout in Australia’s largest states remains slow.
It’s been three months since Rent.com.au began showing network status on all rental listings to improve the search experience for users. But as the company’s new data reveals, the digital divide created by the patchy NBN rollout has left some of the country’s key states in the dark.
ACCC reveals plan to investigate broadband retailers’ speed claims
In a release issued this week, Australia’s competition watchdog called on volunteers to have speed monitoring devices installed in their homes as part of a national check by the regulator of the NBN’s speeds. Though speed clearly remains a major concern for consumers unhappy with the service received, some states are still lagging with no real change quarter-on-quarter.
Quarter 1 2017
|Q1 % NBN availability||ACT||NSW||NT||QLD||SA||TAS||VIC||WA|
Quarter 2 2017
|Q2 % NBN availability||ACT||NSW||NT||QLD||SA||TAS||VIC||WA|
Changes in 2017 (Q2 to Q1)
|% change in availability||ACT||NSW||NT||QLD||SA||TAS||VIC||WA|
|By EO 2017||14%||-3%||-1%||-4%||-8%||1%||1%||-1%|
Good growth in smaller states, but hard slog for others
With 37% and 31% of properties marked ‘NBN available’ on Rent.com.au in the latest update, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory accordingly saw the largest improvement over the period. TAS network availability was up 10% from Q1 2017.
In ACT, the situation was much the same – a 10% increase quarter-on-quarter bringing total availability to 31% – the lowest percentage of NBN-ready properties for any state or territory in Australia today.
Still much to do in the remainder of the year
Property data from Rent.com.au includes NBN’s own forecasted Ready for Service (RFS) dates and this shows a lot of work still needs to be done before the end of 2017.
Our large states only showed an average improvement of around 2% (additional households connected) in the quarter leaving a healthy 20% of homes forecast to be connected in the next six months.
Even against this ambitious workload, these states are still only forecast to have around 50-55% of homes RFS by the end of the year.
Understanding the NBN data display on Rent.com.au
The data on rent.com.au is presented in two levels of detail: When a renter searches for a property in their chosen suburb, they can see basic NBN information on the summary of each property, displayed as one of 3 possibilities (NBN is available, NBN is scheduled or NBN status is unknown).
The second level of detail is displayed when the customer clicks on a property listing (property details page). On this page, more information is shown (i.e. the broad technology type) or, if NBN is not available at that property yet, when it is scheduled.
Rent.com.au Chief Executive Officer, Greg Bader encouraged Australia’s renters to check out the NBN data display for properties listed on www.rent.com.au to get the most up-to-date information and see what technology will be used to build the network.