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The much-anticipated NBN rollout is just months away.

Facebook has just announced it is finally bringing its Messenger app to the NBN, on-demand messaging has traditionally been a case of sitting back and waiting for its mobile platform to arrive.

This transition is set to be complete by the end of the year, but according to a leaked report obtained by The ABC, the NBN upgrade that will take about two years to fully occur is still just metres away.

‘The NBN upgrade is on track to be complete in February 2019’

The Federal Government has been busy getting the copper wires into home premises, while the fibre cables and lines are being replaced.

And while the full rollout remains on track for completion on February 2019, some basic information on when, and how much, the benefits of the upgrade will be worth is already out there.

Many states and territories have not yet completed their public rollout, which is an important milestone to be sure.

It’s also good news for investors — the NBN underpins 70 per cent of all its revenue.

That is, the money NBN Co earns from the upgrade — $18 billion in the four years to 2016 — is currently all flowing to shareholders.

Of course, the thing about the NBN is that investment is difficult to pin down.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said as much in his “Everything you need to know about the NBN trial” submission to the Federal Parliament earlier this month.

During that submission, Mr Fifield said: “The Federal Government has anticipated that the rollout of the NBN trial will need to occur concurrently with a significant public investment in Fibre to the Premises.”

But, he said the NBN would see a “definitive advantage” in the trial if the entire roll-out happened simultaneously, which he said had been rescheduled.

The government has, of course, been referring to the “downdown” as ‘down’ instead of NBN.

The stand-off between the government and NBN Co is not over yet, as it is only a couple of months away.

But like all time deals, some sort of finalised solution will need to be determined before the move goes ahead.

That will eventually mean rates for both users and companies will go up, if the company is lucky.

“Fundamentally, the payment changes will impact the cost of the service,” NBN Co managing director Matt Oliver said.

“They will also affect the quality of the service we offer to consumers who are not a customer of NBN”.

So while it is not clear yet if these will be the next big deal to move from the rental to the purchase stage, it does represent some relief for those on both sides of the spectrum.

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