Brisbane switches on to the National Broadband Network


Broncos stars host first NBN-enabled rugby league coaching clinic in Australia’s newest fibre broadband location

The National Broadband Network has today been switched on in metropolitan Brisbane with Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh and legend of the game Mick Hancock giving local children a glimpse of the benefits that superfast broadband can bring communities in Queensland and across Australia.

Superfast broadband is now available to more than 500 premises in the suburb of Aspley, with the NBN fibre set to be available to a further 1700 premises in the coming weeks.

Construction has already commenced on rolling out the NBN to 135,000 Queensland homes and businesses, with construction set to be commenced or complete for 678,000 premises in the state by mid-2015.**

Other suburbs in and around Brisbane where construction has already commenced include Ascot, Banyo, Bridgeman Downs, Carseldine, Collingwood Park, Eagle Farm, Goodna, Hamilton, Hendra, Northgate, Nudgee, Petrie, Kallangur, Redbank Plains, Slacks Creek, Virginia and Zillmere.**

NBN Co Lead Community Account Manager Darren Rudd said:

"It's not just faster speeds but what they can enable that makes the NBN such an exciting prospect for people in Aspley and Brisbane as a whole," Mr Rudd said.

"People can work from home like they would from the office; get all the family online at once and stream TV over the internet really smoothly.* 

"Just as importantly, services over the NBN fibre network are available at a price less than you might think and offer superfast speeds," he said.

Broncos showcase broadband benefits for sports stars of tomorrow

To demonstrate the benefits of superfast broadband, the Brisbane Broncos teamed up with local Aspley children to demonstrate how the NBN can support the development of the future footy stars.

Via a connection enabled by internet service provider iiNet, children from Aspley Rugby League Football Club joined by Jharal Yow Yeh participated in the world's first NBN-enabled rugby league coaching session delivered by Mick Hancock from Suncorp Stadium.

"Today's coaching session was a great way to show how we are going to discover and train the next crop of footy stars," said Mick Hancock, the Broncos, Maroons and Kangaroos legend.

"Australia's a big place and we have so many great players that come from regional areas. The NBN will allow coaches in our capital cities to run video training sessions in remote areas they would normally not be able to get to, helping coaches to identify and train the future's regional footy heroes," he said.

NRL General Manager, League Integration and Game Development, Mr Andrew Hill, said virtual coaching sessions are just one way the NBN will open up large sections of Australia.

"We have record numbers of children playing the game and this technology is opening up a world of possibilities for Rugby League to better connect with them, especially kids in remote parts of the country.

"Virtual coaching has the potential to be an incredibly powerful tool, as does the opportunity to take the game's health and education programs into classrooms everywhere." 

Jim Spletter, President, Aspley Rugby League Football Club, said today's demonstration drove home the benefits of the NBN.

"Today showed us what is possible with superfast broadband and the NBN. The kids got a kick out of training with former Broncos' legends and the adults got a kick out of seeing a glimpse of how this technology will help our kids in the future.

"I can't wait to get connected and to discover so many more ways we can use the NBN."

 

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Notes to Editors

  • Residents can access a list of phone or internet service providers in each at area at nbnco.com.au/switch or by calling 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626).

* Your experience depends on some factors outside our control, like your equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how your service provider designs its network

** Construction commences when NBN Co issues contract instructions to its contractors for a Fibre Service Access Module (FSAM)



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