OVER 800 homes and businesses in the vicinity of Toora, Toora North, Welshpool, Bena and Loch are a step closer to connecting to high-speed broadband services. Following a thorough planning and consultation phase, construction of NBN Co’s fixed wireless network has commenced at sites at Toora, Welshpool and Bena.
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.
Construction has also started at sites at Dumbalk, Ruby and Boolarra, which is expected to help residents of Dumbalk, Leongatha North, Leongatha surrounds, Mirboo North surrounds, Stony Creek, Boolarra, Boolarra South, Korumburra surrounds and Kardella. However, many parts of South Gippsland, including Foster, Fish Creek and Leongatha, will have to wait for the improved service.
Tony Gibbs, NBN Co’s Community Relations Adviser, said the fixed wireless service can 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 deliver the internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities take for granted today,” he said.
“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. High-speed 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 Gibbs said.
NBN Co’s wholesale fixed wireless service offers 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 over satellite in rural and remote areas when its Long Term Satellite Service launches in 2015.
For further information about NBN Co and construction plans, visit www.nbnco.com.au.