Access to the National Broadband Network is one step closer for Redcliffe locals, following the successful wrap-up of NBN’s pilot trial.

Last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP in Clontarf to announce the Redcliffe Peninsula had been chosen for a pilot HFC program.

HFC (hybrid fibre-coaxial) networks are an industry term for Pay TV cables, which cover approximately 50 per cent of the Peninsula

“Connecting homes to an existing HFC network means NBN won’t have to dig up people’s gardens or footpaths to lay NBN cables, in turn meaning a faster and more cost-effective rollout,” Luke Howarth MP explained.

NBN concluded the trial this week and was “delighted to announce that our HFC pilot has achieved fantastic results”.

“In a test period between December 1 and January 20, the HFC pilot end-users averaged speeds of 84/33Mbps from their RSPs Layer-3 networks over that period,” said NBN.

“Our achievement in offering wholesale upload speeds of 40Mbps is particularly impressive as very few HFC operators around the world offer upload speeds as fast as this.”

NBN is now focussing on launching commercial HFC services to 22,000 households around the Peninsula from June.