NBN network rollout expected to be completed by 2020
MORE than half a million Aussie homes and businesses in regional and rural Australia will have access to world-leading broadband following an upgrade to NBN's fixed wireless service announced today.
In Queensland there are currently almost 67,000 premises with access the NBN fixed wireless service in communities across the state including Toowoomba, Gympie, Bundaberg, Warwick, Pomona, Childers, Mackay, Townsville, Rockhampton, the Burdekin and large areas of the South Burnett.
By launching this upgrade to the fixed wireless service, the NBN is providing world-leading broadband to many people who have never had it before.
The NBN network also means people outside the major metropolitan areas should have access to more retail service providers and greater completion, which can lead to lower prices.
Using radio signals from NBN ground stations, the technology delivers fast broadband by transmitting data to equipment inside and outside the home.
It is designed to provide access to wholesale speeds of up to 50mbps download and 20mbps upload, which is currently 30 per cent faster than the next best fixed wireless service in Ireland.
"By the time we complete the NBN network rollout in 2020, this world-leading broadband service will provide more than half a million homes and businesses living in regional and rural Australia with access to faster internet speeds that rival what their city cousins have available today," Gavin Williams, Executive General Manager, Fixed Wireless Product and Sales said.
"Following the launch of Sky Muster, nbn's first satellite, this milestone is yet another critical part of our plan to help bridge the nation's digital divide. "We're closer than ever before to being on a level playing field between the city and the bush by providing kids in rural areas with access to digital textbooks, farmers with the latest technology and creating a world of new possibilities for regional small businesses."
"This upgrade to the fixed wireless service is great news for both families and businesses in Queensland," Kylie Lindsay, Queensland Corporate Affairs Manager said.
"Not only is the NBN network changing the digital face of Australia, but it is helping to close the divide between the city and regional areas, providing new opportunities for rural, regional and remote Queenslanders.
"This new service is among the fastest fixed wireless services in the world and will see the time taken to download a two hour HD movie cut from over an hour to just 16 minutes."