NBN footprint expands in Tasmania


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.

More than 3,040 homes and businesses can now switch on the NBN

1,440 more premises take a step closer to connecting to fast broadband

More than 3,040 farms, homes and businesses can now switch on the National Broadband Network (NBN) with fixed wireless facilities now live in the following regions and communities:

Northern Tasmania

  • Turners Marsh
  • Loira
  • Bracknell
  • Carrick
  • Blackwood Creek
  • Cressy
  • Perth (Surrounds)
  • Irishtown
  • Smithton (Surrounds)
  • Forest


Residents are encouraged to visit www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map to find out if their premise is included in the coverage footprint. If so, they should contact their service provider to get connected. A full list of those offering NBN services can be found at www.nbnco.com.au/serviceproviders.

The NBN also gained further momentum in rural and regional Tasmania today with physical construction commencing on six new fixed wireless installations.

Following a thorough planning and consultation phase, these NBN facilities will service more than 1,440 farms, homes and businesses across parts of the following regions and communities:

Southern Tasmania

  • Ellendale

Northern Tasmania

  • Bridgenorth
  • Forthside
  • Boat Harbour Beach
  • Port Sorell (Surrounds)
  • Edgcumbe Beach/Hellyer

NBN Co spokesperson, Lalla Mackenzie, said the fixed wireless service aims to bring 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,”* Ms Mackenzie said.

On average, it takes around 12 months from the start of construction until residents and business owners can order NBN retail services from telephone or internet service providers. More information will be provided to residents about how to connect as construction nears completion in each area.

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Notes to editors
• NBN Co’s fixed wireless facilities are designed to service less densely populated communities across Australia surrounding 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 www.nbnco.com.au/satellite for more information.
• In fixed wireless areas copper phone lines will remain in place to provide a landline telephone service.
• 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 www.nbnco.com.au

* 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 a service provider designs its network.

** 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.