First new home plugs into NBN

NBN Co spokesman Archie Wilson tests the high-speed internet at the Mahon family’s new home.
NBN Co spokesman Archie Wilson tests the high-speed internet at the Mahon family’s new home. Dave Noonan

THE first home in the new Grantham housing estate has another milestone under its belt, as the first new development in southern Queensland to be connected to the National Broadband Network.

NBN Co representative Archie Wilson said the construction of the fibre optic network would pass 485,000 homes in the next 12 months.

"The Mahon family now has internet at speeds of 100 megabits per second," he said.

"That's about 100 times the speed you'll get on any other connections.

"It's going to have amazing capabilities for things like education.

"Kids will be able to stream real-time video from classrooms on the other side of the world, and vice-versa."

Mr Wilson said the design for Toowoomba's maze of fibre optic cables was already being mapped out.

"There needs to be a huge survey of the town, then we need to decide where all the kilometres of underground cabling can be laid," he said.

"Toowoomba residents can expect the same service to arrive in the new year."

Topics:  australian government grantham homes internet nbn

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