nbn network arrives in Cervantes
Around 600 residents and businesses within Cervantes are set to be able to experience the benefits of fast broadband, following the recent switch on of the nbn™ network in the area.
The announcement begins the 18 month countdown for these premises to make the switch before most existing landline phone and internet services are replaced by services over the nbn™ network.
WA Corporate Affairs Manager Ebony Aitken said with Australians expected to spend an extra 22 days more on the internet this year than they did in 2014*; it is certainly exciting news for the locals.
“It’s really great news for residents and businesses within Cervantes, especially as using the internet has become part of our everyday lives and online multi-tasking is the new norm,” she said.
“As we move further into the digital age, fast and reliable broadband becomes more vital than ever in areas such as business, health, education, entertainment and leisure.
“Our love affair with the internet continues to grow and with the nbn’s adoption of a mix of technologies, we have been able to accelerate the rollout of the nbn™ network and get people connected faster.”
A recent study commissioned by nbn found that those with access to the nbn™ network are the greatest users, and the biggest increase is people living in regional areas, accounting for a whopping 1.7 hours more per day, at home during the week, than they did before.
“Most of us are getting online when we open our eyes and before we go to sleep, while a quarter of us (28%) hit the internet when we wake in the night. Almost three quarters of us (73%) do it while watching TV, a third while cooking (34%) and some of us have even confessed to being online on the loo (33%),” she said.
Shire of Dandaragan President, Leslee Holmes said it was very exciting for the community of Cervantes to now have access to state of the art ‘fibre to the node’ technology which will not only provide faster internet service for users at home but also for local businesses.
“I would like remind the community that they will need to contact their service provider to discuss relevant plans and pricing to suits their needs and while there are no installation costs for a standard service there may be activation costs so please remember to check this with your service provider also,” Leslee said.
“Residents who want to know more are encouraged to access the nbn website at nbnco.com.au.”
Cervantes Pinnacles Motel and Pinnacles Edge Resort, General Manager, Tony Monk welcomed the news and said the nbn™ network would make a major difference for both staff and guests at the property.
“Over the past few years, our international client base has continued to grow and is a key focus area to bring more tourism to the town. We’re also very eager to tap into the corporate conference market which nowadays relies so heavily on fast and reliable broadband – so it’s hard to bring them to your property and drive business without it,” said Tony.
Connecting to the nbn™ network is not automatic so people should contact their phone or internet provider to make the switch. You can find out whether you are eligible to connect to the nbn™ network as well as more information about the areas scheduled to complete the transition to the nbn™ network by visiting www.nbnco.com.au/switch
Mobile: 0438 581 241
Key nbn facts
- In WA, more than 320,000 premises are now able to connect and more than 125,000 premises activated.
- The nbn Broadband Index was undertaken by an independent research agency in June 2016
- It surveyed 10,348 Australians across metropolitan, regional and remote areas including those connected to the nbn™ network and those not connected
- The study found that those with access to the nbn™ network are the greatest users.
- Most are getting online when we open our eyes and before we go to sleep
- A quarter of us (28%) hit the internet when we wake in the night
- Almost three quarters of us (73%) do it while watching TV
- A third while cooking (34%)
- Some of us have even confessed to being online on the loo (33%)
- For the full report including graphics click here
- The announcement begins the 18 month countdown for these premises to make the switch before most existing landline phone and internet services are replaced by services over the nbn™ network.
Notes to editors
• *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, signal reception, broadband plans and how the end user’s service provider designs its network.