National Broadband Network rollout expands in Wimmera
Over 1,800 more homes and businesses in Wimmera Victoria set to get fast broadband
The National Broadband Network gained further momentum in Wimmera today as NBN Co announced that a further 13 communities will be the next to benefit from the rollout of fast broadband.
Over 1,800 more homes and businesses in Wimmera are a step closer to connecting to fast broadband services with construction of NBN Co’s fixed wireless network commencing in eight new sites across the region.
Following a thorough planning and consultation phase, construction of the fixed wireless network has now commenced at sites at Apsley, Minyip, Pimpinio, Wycheproof, Birchip, Donald, Pimpinio and Horsham and can bring access to better broadband to parts of the following communities:
· Birchip West
· Laen East
· Horsham (surrounding areas)
Residents in these areas are encouraged to visit the NBN Co website to see if their home or business is included as part of the coverage footprint via the interactive map: www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map
NBN Co spokesperson Corrie Withers said the fixed-wireless service can bring better broadband to the bush.
“More farms, residents and businesses can look forward to having access to faster internet with the NBN expanding its broadband footprint in Wimmera,” Mr Withers said.
“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 today.
"The NBN also means you can get the whole family on line 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.”*
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,” Mr Withers said.
NBN Co’s wholesale fixed wireless service offers retail service providers download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 5 megabits per second.**
NBN Co also plans to deliver these wholesale speeds to retail service providers over satellite in rural and remote areas when its Long Term Satellite Service launches (currently scheduled for 2015).
A wide range of telephone and internet service providers are available to connect families and businesses to the NBN, with over 40 providers across the country. To see a full list of those offering services in the region visit www.nbnco.com.au/serviceproviders.
For further information about NBN Co and construction plans, visit www.nbnco.com.au
02 9213 2320
Notes to editors
- 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 satellite service. Visit www.nbnco.com.au/satellite for more information.
- In fixed wireless and satellite areas copper phone lines will remain in place to provide a landline telephone service.
- NBN Co’s fixed wireless and satellite networks are designed to serve communities with low population density where it is impractical or uneconomical to roll out fixed line technologies.
- A standard installation of NBN equipment is currently free of charge. Remember to ask your preferred provider if they have any other fees.
- For more information visit www.nbnco.com.au
* Your experience including the speeds actually achieved over the NBN depends on some factors outside our control like your equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how your service provider designs its network.
** NBN Co is designing the NBN to provide these speeds to our wholesale customers (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.