Despite some good growth in the number of NBN-ready rentals, the rollout in Australia’s largest states remains slow with overall NBN availability yet to reach 50%.

Q3 data
Photo: iStock/Jacob Ammentorp Lund.

It’s been six months since Rent.com.au began showing network status on all rental listings to improve the search experience for users.

Right from the start, NBN status was the number one feature that customers were asking for.

Typically, people look at more than once house or area when deciding on their next home and we wanted to make the information as easy as possible to find.

Each day, thousands of new listings are uploaded to rent.com.au and each of these is checked with NBN to determine their status (available or forecast RFS date).

By comparing different “snapshots in time” we are able to build a view of the progress of the NBN rollout.

Our sample is not every property in Australia, but with over 70,000 active rental listings at any time, across all states, it is a large sample.

With so many new properties added and removed each day, our sample is extremely current and allows us to to provide a unique perspective on changes.

Q3 2017 Results

For this release we have we also included NBN’s own forecast for the remainder of the year (Q4 2017).

Note: The “Q1 Available” percentage includes all services available at that date, not just those in delivered in that quarter. NT (92% availability) and TAS (88% availability) not included to keep the picture pretty.

The following tables illustrate the data in more detail and do show good growth in most states (average around 10%) in terms of properties that have NBN available.

Q1 2017

Q1 % NBN AvailabilityACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWA
Available Now22%35%92%34%31%70%29%33%
2017 Remainder17%23%1%19%39%20%21%23%
2018+624174730105044

Q2 2017

Q2 % NBN AvailabilityACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWA
Available Now31%36%92%35%37%80%32%35%
2017 Remainder22%19%0%14%25%12%19%20%
2018+47%45%8%51%38%8%49%45%

Q3 2017

Q3 % NBN AvailabilityACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWA
Available Now37%42%92%44%45%88%39%46%
2017 Remainder9%9%0%9%11%2%11%10%
2018+53%49%8%47%44%10%51%44%

Renters around Australia are encouraged to check out the NBN data display for properties listed on rent.com.au to get the most up-to-date information and see what technology will be used to build the network.

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