NBN turn-on

FINALLY able to access internet speeds people in the city take for granted, Tinamba Hotel owner Damien Gannon is thrilled that the Wellington Shire is now connected to the National Broadband Network.

He said having faster internet capabilities would make it easier for himself and staff to communicate with new Sale business Mister Raymond, which he also co-owns with partner Brad Neilson.

“The speed and reliability that we get from the NBN helps us to streamline our business practices,” Mr Gannon said.

“We can now scan and send documents, undertake all stock ordering, banking and administration online in minutes and secondly, improving efficiency and saving valuable time, helping us provide a better service to our patrons.

“The NBN has also allowed us to provide a free Wi-Fi service to our customers and even when we have multiple users online at once, you can still notice the increase in speeds,” he said.

NBN Co community relations adviser Tony Gibbs said fixed-wireless services would make fast broadband available to farms, residents and businesses in the area.

“We’re bringing high speed broadband to the bush,” Mr Gibbs said.

“The NBN will allow all the family to be online at once, to make high-quality video calls with fewer drop outs and download movies quickly, with everyone enjoying the same fast speeds,” he said.

It is estimated that 1450 families and businesses will benefit from the increased internet speeds, with wholesale download speeds of 25 megabits per second and wholesale upload speeds of up to five megabits per second available through retail service providers.

These wholesale speeds should be available via satellite in rural and remote areas from 2015 when NBN Co’s Long Term Satellite Service is launched, serving communities with low population density where it is impractical or uneconomical to roll out fixed line technologies.

Fixed wireless services are delivered by radio communications via antennas that transmit a signal direct to a small outdoor antenna to people’s homes or business’.

The required infrastructure will be housed in facilities in Longford, Longford North, Maffra, Montgomery, Newry and Sale, connecting the towns of Airly, Stratford, Bundalaguah, Newry, The Heart, Cobains, Pearsondale, Tinamba, Tinamba West, Fulham, Riverslea, Longford, Longford North, Stradbroke, Maffra and surrounds, Sale and surrounds and Wurruk onto the fixed-wireless network.

People can visit the NBN Co website to see if their home or business is included in the roll out at www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map