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5,900 more families and business can now switch to the NBN

03 November 2014

The information in this media release was accurate at the date of publication. It may no longer be current and you should not rely on this information.

NBN rollout expands across 23 new rural and regional communities

More than 5,900 farms, homes and businesses across Australia can now switch to broadband services over the National Broadband Network (NBN) after the fixed wireless network recently went live in parts of the following 23 rural and regional communities:






Central West


Southern Tasmania

  • Gerogery
  • West Wyalong (surrounds)
  • Horsham (surrounds)
  • Eaglehawk Neck
  • Ariah Park
  • Bribbaree
  • Pimpinio


  • Springdale
  • Ungarie
  • Murtoa


  • Temora (surrounds)
  • Forest Reefs
  • Drummond

Northern Queensland

  • Collingullie
  • Nashdale


  • Grasstree Beach
  • Rowan/Gregadoo

Northern Rivers



  • Weedalion
  • Casino (surrounds)

South West


Mid-North Coast

  • Fairy Hill
  • Dardanup West


  • Bonville
  • Spring Grove



This continues the momentum of the NBN rollout with the fixed wireless footprint now covering more than 132,600 farms, homes and businesses nationally, including more than 24,100 premises currently connected to services over the NBN’s fixed wireless network.*

NBN Co spokesperson, Tony Gibbs said:

“Today’s announcement highlights how the NBN is helping to close the digital divide in regional Australia – and with that comes many economic and social opportunities for local communities.

“Fast broadband helps residents to access e-health services, distance education and entertainment on demand, while businesses now have the ability to increase productivity, reduce costs and access new markets,”** Mr Gibbs said.

Residents are encouraged to visit to find out if their premise is included in the current coverage footprint.  If their premise is in the footprint and passes the signal quality test, it’s just three easy steps before they can start enjoying the benefits of high speed broadband over the NBN.

Three-Step Guide to connecting to NBN Fixed Wireless

Step 1: Order a service

Contact your preferred telephone company or internet service provider to book-in a signal quality test and order a service over the NBN.

Step 2: Installation

If your premise can receive a good quality fixed wireless signal, your service provider will arrange for NBN Co to install and test an outdoor antenna on your roof and a connection box inside your home – both are currently free of charge for a standard installation.

Step 3: Connect to the NBN

Once tested, within 24 hours residents should be able to connect their service provider’s modem to the internal NBN Connection Box to begin experiencing the many benefits of fast broadband.  For further details on connecting to the NBN fixed wireless network, visit:

Media enquiries

NBN Co Media Hotline
P: 02 9927 4200

Grant Thomas
P: 02 8918 5853
M: 0417 554 787

Notes to editors
  • NBN Co’s fixed wireless facilities are designed to service less densely populated communities across Australia such as small towns and villages and the outer surrounds of major townships.
  • Fixed wireless services are delivered by radio communications via antennas that transmit a signal direct to a small outdoor antenna on your home or business.
  • Before the network equipment is installed a signal quality test will be carried out. Those premises which are unable to be served by fixed wireless may be able to receive NBN Co’s long term satellite service when it becomes available. Visit for more information.
  • In fixed wireless areas copper phone lines will remain in place to provide a landline telephone service, if the end user chooses to use it.
  • A standard installation of NBN equipment is currently free of charge. Residents should ask their preferred service provider if they have any other fees.

*NBN Co’s designing the NBN to provide the stated speeds to its wholesale customers, telephone and internet service providers. End user experience including the speeds actually achieved over the NBN depends on some factors outside NBN Co’s control like equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how the end user’s service provider designs its network.

**Premises activated are reported in the NBN Rollout information weekly summary –