Lift-off for nbn’s satellite Sky Muster II
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
SENATOR THE HON FIONA NASH
MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
broadband services for rural and remote areas have been boosted today with the
successful launch of nbn’s second satellite, Sky Muster II.
new satellite blasted off from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana early
this morning and will provide additional capacity and support for the first
satellite, Sky Muster, which launched in October last year.
for Communications Mitch Fifield and Minister for Regional Communications Fiona
Nash welcomed the launch, which is helping to bridge the digital divide between
the cities and the country.
launch means the satellite and ground station infrastructure is now complete,
marking yet another milestone in the Coalition’s commitment to deliver fast,
reliable broadband to all Australians, regardless of where they live,” said
went live in April this year and already, almost 31,000 homes and businesses
are experiencing the benefits of nbn’s world-class satellite broadband.”
Australian Government has invested $2 billion in two purpose-built broadband
satellites and a network of ground stations that make up the Sky Muster
satellites are expected to revolutionise many services that rural Australians
rely on, such as distance education for students in remote areas, and will be a
game changer for rural business and agriculture.
a farmer from rural NSW myself, I know how crucial fast and reliable broadband
is for rural, regional and remote Australia,” Minister Nash said.
satellites will cover around 400,000 homes and businesses in regional areas,
many of which haven’t been able to access high-speed broadband services. This
will help businesses set up or expand in rural, regional and remote Australia.
I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren
either want to stay in or come back to and good internet is a big part of
satellites offer download speeds of up to 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) and
upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps. With a total capacity of 135 Gigabits per second
(Gbps), the new satellites are a vast leap forward from the 4 Gbps of capacity
provided by Labor’s interim satellite service.
launch brings nbn closer to their goal of connecting all Australians to fast
and essential broadband services by 2020.
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