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Fixed wireless nbn surges ahead in Tasmania

18 April 2016

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.

Tasmanians have been urged to jump on the world-class nbn fixed wireless service now widely available in regional Tasmania.

Many of Tasmania’s remote and regional communities have access to fast internet services but may not know it.

A network of over 100 fixed wireless towers already exists in Tasmania delivering fast internet services – with more to come.

Just this week, new towers were switched on at Mount Rivulet near Molesworth, and Coles Bay – bringing fast internet to these areas.

In Tasmania there are currently 31,327 premises within the footprint of the fixed wireless network including parts of the Huon Valley, Tasman Peninsula, Derwent Valley, East Coast, Midlands, Central Highlands, North East Tasmania and the North West Coast.

As the number of active users on nbn’s fixed wireless service across the nation hit 100,000 this week, nbn data showed that only one in three Tasmanians were taking up the service where it was available. 

Russell Kelly, Tasmania Corporate Affairs Manager said fast internet was bringing a world of business, educational and ehealth opportunities to regional Tasmania.

“People not currently connected to the nbn can now consider making the switch.

“We are aware that many people in regional Tasmania don’t know they currently have access to fixed wireless services so there is no better time to find out, simply by logging on to the website.

“For businesses, many forms of online interaction will be improved and for families, multiple users can be online at the same time.”

Mr Kelly encouraged all Tasmanians in regional areas to check their address on the nbn™ website to see if they are eligible for fixed wireless access.

Once the rollout is complete, more than half a million Australian homes and businesses are estimated to be serviceable by the nbn’s fixed wireless network.

To make the switch to fast fixed wireless broadband, all you need to do is check your address on the nbn website and if eligible contact your preferred service provider to order a service. Go to

nbn data shows that of the 100,000 premises connected nationally and using the service, 82 per cent have signed on to 25/5 Mbps plans and 17 per cent have 12/1Mbps plans. Only one per cent of users have chosen the fastest 50/20Mbps plan.

The diagram below gives you an idea of what can be done on a 25/5Mbps wholesale speed plan.**

**We’re designing the nbn™ network to provide these speeds to our wholesale customers, telephone and internet service providers.  End user experience, including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn™ network, depends on the technology over which services are delivered to your premises and some factors outside our control like equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how the end user’s service provider designs its network. Please note that the highest speed tier currently on offer for the nbn™ fixed wireless network is expressed as a range (i.e. 25-50 Mbps download and 5-10 Mbps upload). This means that the maximum data throughput may peak anywhere in that range and may be delivered only once during a 24 hour period.



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