6 October 2016
E & OE
thanks very much indeed, Peter. And to you, Bill Morrow, and the entire nbn
global Sky Muster team, I say congratulations for a successful launch.
gives me great delight as Minister to be able to declare again that
“thunderbirds are go!”
sister satellite to Sky Muster is now in the sky. And as exciting as the launch
of a satellite is, what today really is all about is what the satellite itself
can do for Australians. How it can connect Australians in regional and remote
areas to the National Broadband Network. And as the name Sky Muster suggests,
what the satellite is about is corralling and connecting Australians in remote
and regional areas to the nbn network.
that really is the premise of the nbn: that no Australian household will be
left behind. By 2020, every Australian household will have the opportunity to
connect to the nbn.
through the Sky Muster satellite, there are 30,000 premises who are connected.
Ultimately, there’ll be around 200-250,000 premises connected to the nbn
through the satellite.
the story of the nbn to date is a great one. Already, more than 25 per cent of
the nation are connected to, or have the opportunity to connect to, the nbn.
That’s about 3.2 million premises who have that opportunity. About 1.3 million
premises have already taken up that chance to be part of the nbn.
the middle of next year, 50 per cent of the nation will be connected to the
nbn. By the middle of the following year, 75 per cent of the nation, and by
2020, the entire country will be able to connect to the National Broadband
this is a story of tremendous change over a very short period of time. What was
essentially a failed project when we came into government in 2013 is now on
track and on budget, and has met every key milestone over the last nine or ten
I again say congratulations to the nbn team. This isn’t about the nbn as an end
in itself. This is all about what broadband can do for Australian households
and businesses. And it’s particularly important for regional Australia. Of the
nbn network that has been established to date, 70 per cent of it is in
we’re fortunate to have with us today, the General Manager of the NSW Grain
Growers Association, Michael Southan, who is going to talk to us a little bit
about what Sky Muster can do for regional communities and regional