Good news for residents from around 50,000 homes in the Gympie region as they will soon be eligible for NBN’s new satellite service.
Launched October 1 last year from the French Guiana aboard the Ariane 5 rocket, the new satellite should be able to produce up to 12Mbps download speeds and 1Mbps upload speeds from its position of approximately 36,000kms above earth.
These speeds can still be increased to 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload for an additional cost.
What this means for people residing in the more remote areas of the Gympie region is the capability to stream videos and music and generally a better browsing experience with the new satellite service.
Additionally, a new and faster Fixed Wireless speed tier was introduced by the NBN in December 1, 2015.
This will give customers the option to subscribe to the 12/1Mbps current speed, or upgrade to the new 25/5Mbps speed.
The NBN rollout will give over 500,000 homes and businesses in rural areas, including Gympie, access to world-leading broadband.
The Fixed Wireless system, using radio signals from ground stations, is 15% faster compared to its Fixed Wireless global peer in Ireland.
Executive general manager of Fixed Wireless and Satellite Products, Gavin Williams, said the rollout is expected to be completed by 2020, meaning rural and regional Australians will have access to Internet speeds rivaling those in the cities.
“We’re closer than ever before to being on a level playing field between the city and the bush,” Mr. Williams said.
The NBN’s Sky Muster satellite brings better satellite internet connectivity to regional Australia. To get onboard and subscribe to Sky Muster Plans, call Activ8me today 13 22 88 or visit: http://www.activ8me.net.au/internet/skymuster