MEDIA RELEASE - New nbn satellite broadband services commence for regional and rural Australia
29 April 2016
Australians living in regional and
rural areas can begin to connect to affordable, high-speed broadband with the
launch of services on nbn’s Sky Muster satellite network.
Minister for Communications Mitch
Fifield and Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash today officially
launched nbn’s commercial Sky Muster broadband service at installation
provider, Skybridge’s Tullamarine warehouse and training facilities.
The new high-speed broadband service
is a practical example of the Turnbull Government’s plan to successfully
transition Australia’s economy and to create more jobs.
Offering download speeds of up to 25
Megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps, the Sky Muster
service will provide a faster online experience for internet users living in
regional and remote areas.
“The Australian Government has
invested $2 billion in two advanced Ka-band satellites and a network of ground
stations that make up the Sky Muster service,” Minister Fifield said.
“The remoteness of our continent and
its islands is no longer a barrier to broadband connectivity thanks to nbn’s
nbn launched its first satellite, Sky Muster 1, in October
2015, with the second satellite on track for launch later this year.
Eligible customers can now contact
their local internet service provider to order a broadband connection over the
orbiting satellite. Each service requires a professional installation of a new
receiver dish and indoor modem.
in rural NSW myself, I know how fast broadband can help boost jobs and growth
in rural Australia. These satellites will deliver nbn to parts of Australia
which seemed impossible just a few years ago,” Minister Nash said.
satellite broadband creates opportunities to run internet-based businesses from
almost anywhere in Australia. Building the rural and regional communities our
children and grandchildren want to stay in or come back to requires modern
technology, and I'm so proud the Coalition is delivering it."
Equal priority will be given to new
customers and current nbn Interim Satellite Service users migrating to
Sky Muster. Around 5,000 users per month will be connected in the early months
of the rollout before scaling up to 10,000 installations per month later this
A variety of different broadband plans
are available from providers and pricing compares favourably with current international
and local commercial satellite and mobile internet plans.
The satellites have unprecedented
throughput capacity, but that capacity is still finite. nbn has put in
place a fair use policy to avoid network congestion, ensuring that all users
will have fair access to high-speed broadband when they need it.
The launch of nbn’s commercial
satellite services is delivering the Government’s commitment to bring
high-speed broadband to rural and regional Australia. An estimated 250,000
homes and businesses across Australia are expected to use the service.
For more information on eligibility
and retailers visit: www.nbnco.com.au or freecall nbn on 1800 687 626.
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