The occasion marks the first time National Broadband Network (NBN) Co fibre has been hauled in Western Australia as part of the a new customer access network.

The fibre, which will provide broadband access to homes and businesses in parts of Geraldton, was hauled at the corner of Lester and Cathedral Avenues. NBN said that around 17,000 premises will be part of this phase.

“In parts of Geraldton we're aiming for construction to wrap up by mid-2013, which means homes and business are expected to be able to connect to services over the NBN shortly after,” said NBN Co spokesperson Trent Williams.

Coffs Harbour, located in northern New South Wales, has also had its first installation of distribution fibre, which links the exchange at Coffs Harbour to homes and businesses throughout the local area.

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“Construction work has already commenced on rolling out the NBN to around 20,000 homes and businesses in Coffs Harbour and 10,000 premises in Sawtell,” NBN Co spokesperson Darren Rudd said.

“Construction is set to have commenced or be completed for around one million homes and businesses across New South Wales by mid-2015, and to have commenced or be completed for around 430,000 homes and businesses across Western Australia by mid-2015.”