NBN Co announces more wireless locations

Fourteen council areas in south west Victoria will be switched onto the NBN via wireless

NBN Co has announced 14 local government areas in south west Victoria where the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be supplied by wireless networks.

Exact locations for the fixed wireless network infrastructure are currently being determined by NBN Co design and construction partners and local governments.

The fixed wireless network will extend to around 22,000 premises in:

- Ararat Rural City Council
- Buloke Shire Council
- Colac-Otway Shire Council
- Corangamite Shire Council
- Glenelg Shire Council
- Hindmarsh Shire Council
- Horsham Rural City Council
- Loddon Shire Council
- Moyne Shire Council
- Northern Grampians Shire Council
- Pyrenees Shire Council
- Southern Grampians Shire Council
- Warrnambool City Council
- Yarriambiack Shire Council

The areas are expected to be switched onto the NBN from mid to late 2014.

The fixed wireless network will provide wholesale internet service providers with speeds of up to 12Mbps.

“Unlike a mobile wireless service where speeds can be affected by the number of people moving into and out of the area, NBN Co’s fixed wireless network is engineered to deliver services to a fixed number of premises within a coverage area,” said Tony Gibbs, community relations adviser.

“It will also mean telehealth consultations, video conferencing, interactive lessons and live collaboration with teachers and students here and abroad can become a reality.”

Around 7 per cent of Australians will receive the NBN via fixed wireless or satellite networks in low population density towns where it is uneconomical or impractical to roll out fibre.

NBN Co recently announced around 17,000 households in northern New South Wales, the Hunter and the southern part of Darling Downs in Queensland will connect to the NBN from mid to late next year through its fixed wireless network.

Radio communications, via antennas, will provide signals for the fixed wireless services. Copper phone lines will not be removed in areas which receive the NBN via fixed wireless.

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