NBN Co, the public-private company overseeing the construction and management of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) has made a raft of announcements regarding coverage expansion for the fixed-wireless broadband element of the project. Residents in a number of communities across the country are now able to access the network, which can provide downlink/uplink speeds of 25Mbps/5Mbps. The locations which will benefit from this recent spate of infrastructure development are: the Central Queensland region via a base station in the Gemfields (around 450 homes and businesses now able to connect); New England and Upper Hunter communities via three sites (590 homes and businesses); Mackay and Whitsunday communities via eight sites (1,750 homes and businesses); North Queensland communities via a site located at Clare (200 homes and businesses); Toowoomba communities via a site located at Top Camp (220 homes and businesses); West Australia’s Mid West communities via a site located at Cape Burney (320 homes and businesses); and New South Wales’ Mid North Coast communities via eight newly commissioned sites (1,090 homes and businesses).
Commenting on the fixed-wireless service deployment, NBN Co spokesperson Ryan Williams was cited as saying: ‘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.’