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Tas switches on more NBN fibre services

Around 10,600 premises have been switched on to the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Tasmania today.

Areas to be switched on to the fibre network include around 4300 premises in Launceston and some premises in Newstead.

Around 6300 premises in rural and remote areas have been switched on to the NBN's fixed wireless network in 19 rural and remote areas.

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"Faster broadband has much to offer farmers across Tasmania and will allow efficiencies and resourceful working practices to the industry," Jan Davis, CEO Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, said in a statement.

"We are fortunate to be among the first in Australia to be able to access the faster network and the opportunities this presents. Having already seen some great examples of how broadband has aided smarter farming in mainland Australia, we are looking forward to the changes the NBN can bring to farming practices locally."

Andrew Connor, spokesman for Digital Tasmania, welcomed the switch on.

"NBN fixed wireless services will give some customers access to reliable Internet services for the first time and for many a choice of providers for the first time," he said.

"Further fibre optic activations in urban areas demonstrate that the rollout is picking up pace going from a dream to reality."

Fibre services on the NBN were switched on in Hobart in February this year, with around 1800 premises connected to the network.

Tasmania will be the first fully connected state to be connected to the network by mid-2015, with around 34,000 premises now connected to the NBN in Tasmania.

Eventually around 208,400 premises will be covered by the NBN fibre network in the state.

A former NBN Tasmania board member believes the NBN will make Tasmania less isolated from the rest of Australia and may even entice mainland residents to relocate to the state.

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