Minister for the Department of Communications and the Arts

NBN fixed wireless roll out continues in regional Queensland

10 July 2017

  • Next-generation NBN fixed wireless tower expansion continues.
  • Some 12 new towers being switched on this month across regional Queensland.
  • Thousands of customers will be able to connect to high speed broadband through these 12 towers.

Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash has welcomed the activation of the towers that will give regional communities access to high-quality, reliable broadband which will make it easier for residents to connect, learn and do business.

'This powerful service will provide fast and reliable broadband giving people the tools to grow and prosper in their local area,' Minister Nash said.

'Fixed wireless has one of the the highest rates of customer satisfaction on the NBN network, and from next year, will provide 100 megabits a second download and 40 megabits a second upload.

'For perspective, high definition Netflix or Iview uses about 6 megabits a second.

'I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and communications are a big part of that.

'The rural, regional and remote NBN build is now two-thirds complete, and fixed wireless and Sky Muster are now going well.

'We're doubling the speed available on fixed wireless to 100 megabits a second and providing far more data for Sky Muster users. Sky Muster outages are down 90 per cent this April on what they were last September, and the second satellite is going very well.'

MP for Capricornia, the hardworking Michelle Landry, welcomed the delivery of fixed wireless broadband to Alligator Creek Central and Marlborough Sarina, with towers to be switched on in the coming weeks.

Another tower, in Finch Hatton, is expected to be ready to provide broadband at the beginning of September.

'Combined, these three towers will deliver high-speed broadband to more than 770 residents,' Ms Landry said.

'These fixed wireless towers will connect locals to the world, creating opportunities for business, for our children in their schools; for personal connection with family and friends, and for entertainment.

'The homes and businesses now able to order services through these fixed wireless towers are just some of the half a million premises outside major urban areas in Queensland, and two thirds of regional premises across Australia, now able to order an nbn service.

Other locations to have fixed wireless towers go live in the coming months are Lockyer Waters, Buccan, Elizabeth Peak, Burua, Mount Larcom, Cooktown, Glenwood West, Purga, Guanaba and Churchable.

For information about where the network is available and how to connect visit: www.nbnco.com.au.

ENDS.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@regional.gov.au.

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