The nbn™ network will deliver access to fast broadband everywhere in Australia, no matter where they live. It will provide homes in rural and remote Australia with better access to e-health services, distance education and entertainment-on-demand, whilst businesses will have the ability to increase productivity, reduce costs and access new markets.
Many Australians outside big cities or regional centres have struggled with internet communications – but that will change when our Sky Muster™ service launches in 2016.
While we’ve been working to create the new Sky Muster™ service (including the construction of state-of-the-art satellites), our Interim Satellite Services (ISS) and the nbn™ Satellite Support Scheme (NSS) has provided 48,000 homes and businesses with satellite broadband services, since July 2011.
Satellite broadband is where a small antenna or dish is installed on the roof of a home or business in order to transmit and receive data from a satellite orbiting the Earth. The satellite then transmits the data back to a network of satellite ground stations - much larger satellite dishes - and these connect to the internet.
Satellite technology makes sense for a country as big as Australia. Satellites help connect rural and remote homes and businesses to the internet more efficiently than any other access option.
The Sky Muster™ service is a key component of nbn's multi-technology mix (MTM) and will play an important part of helping nbn achieve its goal of connecting eight million homes and business by 2020.
The Sky Muster™ service will see the launch of two state-of-the-art satellites to provide remote and regional Australian with access to broadband speeds that most people in metropolitan areas take for granted. Six year old Bailey Brooks, a School of the Air student, won the opportunity to name the satellite as part of a nationwide drawing competition.
The first satellite, Sky Muster™, launched on October 1st 2015, with the service expected to be available in the first half of 2016 - the second satellite will launch in the second half of 2016.
The satellites will be supported by a network of 10 ground stations, each featuring two 13.5 metre satellite dishes. The ground stations have been built in specific locations across Australia to maximise both the availability and capacity of the system. The satellites are designed to enable nbn to deliver broadband services to more than 200,000 rural and remote homes and businesses with wholesale download speeds of up to 25Mbps.
The Sky Muster™ service will cover mainland Australia and its external territories, such as Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Macquarie Island and the Cocos Islands.
The wholesale speed options that will be available to internet service providers via the Sky Muster™ service are 12Mbps download with a 1Mbps upload, or 25Mbps download with a 5Mbps upload. The 25Mbps (wholesale) download option is designed to revolutionise fast broadband for rural and remote Australia.*
*We’re designing the nbn™ network to provide these speeds to our wholesale customers, telephone and internet service providers. Your experience including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn™ network depends on some factors outside our control like your equipment quality, software, internet plans and how your provider designs its network.