Updated by Ronnie on October 3, 2011

The abc.net.au website is reporting Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that additional major metropolitan areas of Tasmania have been scheduled for the next stage of the National Broadband Network roll out.

It’s expected that Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and more suburbs of Hobart are to be flagged as the next locations to be connected. Ms Gillard stated that more than 800 jobs will be created and that a further 90 thousand households will be connected as a result of this latest roll out.

End update

The NBN Co has just announced the next stage of towns to be provisioned with the national broadband network roll out. The towns (as seen below) include approximately 11,500 homes and business and will be connected to the new fibre broadband network starting from the respective dates.

Location – Premises (approx) – Start date
Triabunna – 500 – Late May
Sorell – 1500 – Late May
Deloraine – 1400 – Early July
St Helens – 2200 – Late July
Kingston Beach – 950 – Late August
George Town – 2600 – Late September
South Hobart – 2000 – Early October

More information, including network coverage maps, can be viewed at the NBN Tasmania website by visiting here.