news The NBN company this week said that its fixed wireless technology was “surging” in Tasmania, bringing fast Internet to many remote rural and regional communities, yet people may not know of its availability.
The company urged communities to “jump on the world-class NBN fixed wireless service” that has quickly spread across the island.
Already, a network of over 100 fixed wireless towers is delivering fast Internet services, with more in the way, according to an NBN statement. The firm added that, this week, new towers have been switched on at Mount Rivulet near Molesworth, and Coles Bay.
Furthermore, 31,327 Tasmanian premises currently sit within the footprint of the fixed wireless network including parts of the Huon Valley, Tasman Peninsula, Derwent Valley, East Coast, Midlands, Central Highlands, North East Tasmania and the North West Coast.
While active users on NBN’s fixed wireless service across Australia passed 100,000 this week, NBN data reveals that only one in three Tasmanians are taking up the service where it is available.
Russell Kelly, Tasmania Corporate Affairs Manager, said fast Internet is bringing business, educational and e-health opportunities to regional Tasmania.
“People not currently connected to the NBN can now consider making the switch,” he said. “We are aware that many people in regional Tasmania don’t know they currently have access to fixed wireless services so there is no better time to find out, simply by logging on to the nbnco.com website.
“For businesses, many forms of online interaction will be improved and for families, multiple users can be online at the same time,” Kelly added.
Once the rollout has been completed, over half a million Australian homes and businesses are estimated to be able to access NBN’s fixed wireless network.
NBN data shows that of the 100,000 premises using the service nationally, 82% have signed on to 25/5 Mbps plans and 17% have opted for 12/1Mbps plans. Just 1% of users have chosen the fastest 50/20Mbps plan on the fixed wireless network, said NBN.
The rollout of fixed wireless is part of the Coalition Government’s revised multi-technology mix (MTM) approach to the NBN, with the NBN not planning to deploy fixed broadband infrastructure to some areas of the state.
Tasmanian MP Brett Whiteley recently told local residents and businesses unhappy with the fibre alternatives the NBN company is deploying that the infrastructure represents a “great opportunity” and they should stop pining for fibre connections.
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