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NBN Co further expands its rural and regional network

30 May 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.

31 new communities can now switch on the NBN

More than 3,500 Australian farms, homes and businesses across 31 rural and regional communities can now switch on the National Broadband Network (NBN) after 18 new fixed wireless installations went live across the country.



Mid-North Coast


  • North Dorrigo
  • Bostobrick (surrounds)
  • Taree (surrounds)
  • Wingham (surrounds)
  • Upper Orara
  • Killabakh South
  • Cedar Party
  • Killawarra
  • Tinonee (surrounds)
  • Mondrook

Central West

  • Gilgandra


Central Victoria


  • Waterford Park
  • Clonbinane



  • Fish Creek
  • Foster (surrounds)
  • Toora
  • Agnes
  • Hazel Park
  • Hedley
  • Welshpool


South West


  • Boyanup East
  • Bunbury (surrounds)




  • Meningie (surrounds)
  • Tailem Bend (surrounds)


Northern Tasmania


  • Bridgenorth
  • Glengarry
  • Riverside (surrounds)
  • Ravenswood (surrounds)
  • St Leonards (surrounds)
  • Waverley (surrounds)
  • White Hills


NBN Co spokesperson, Tony Gibbs, said the fixed wireless service brings better broadband to the bush.  

“For decades, rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications. The fixed wireless service is designed to provide access to internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities currently take for granted.

“The NBN also means you can get the whole family online at once, opening up opportunities for local farms, businesses and the wider region to participate in the digital age. Fast broadband can help deliver improved access to health, education and entertainment over high quality video links,”* Mr Gibbs said.

Residents are encouraged to visit to find out if their premise is included in the coverage footprint.  If so, 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.  A full list of services providers can be found at

Step 2: Installation

If your premise can receive a good quality fixed wireless signal, NBN Co will install and test an Outdoor Antenna on your roof and a Connection Box inside your home – both are currently free of charge.

Step 3: Connect to the NBN

Once tested, residents just 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

Grant Thomas

Phone: 02 8918 5853

Mobile: 0417 554 787

NBN Co Media Hotline: 02 9927 4200


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.

• NBN Co’s fixed wireless service offers wholesale download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and wholesale upload speeds of up to five megabits per second to 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.

• 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 service validation 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.

• For more information visit

* NBN Co’s designing the NBN to provide these 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.