Wellington among NBN next in line

WELLINGTON Shire is among the next group of local government areas where planning proposals will be lodged to deliver high-speed fixed wireless broadband.

Over the coming months, NBN Co, the company building Australia’s National Broadband Network, and its design and construction partners, will work with local government to identify locations for fixed wireless network infrastructure in and around Gippsland.

NBN Co community relations adviser Tony Gibbs said for decades, rural and regional Australia had been left behind when it came to telecommunications.

“NBN Co’s plan to deliver high-speed broadband to every Australian premises using one of three technologies fibre, fixed wireless and satellite aims to change that,” he said.

“Subject to final planning and other approvals, the fixed wireless network plans to cover parts of five council areas (Wellington, Bass Coast, East Gippsland, Latrobe and South Gippsland) and it is expected facilities will start to be switched on in stages from late 2013 to 2015,” he said.

“This announcement is tremendous news for these regions, many of which currently have no access to high-speed broadband, or are confined to a limited service, such as dial-up or broadband over the mobile network,” Mr Gibbs said.

“Fixed wireless aims to deliver speeds and services that city people take for granted. With services delivered over the NBN you can download movies in minutes, enjoy video calls with fewer drop outs, and get the whole family on line at once, all at a price that is less than what you might think.”

NBN Co’s fixed wireless network is designed to offer internet service providers with wholesale access speeds of up to 12Mbps, with plans for higher speeds to become available in the future.

Unlike a mobile broadband service, each fixed wireless facility is designed to serve a specific number of premises. It is expected that this will result in a more reliable and consistent service, because speed will generally not be affected by the number of people moving in and out of the area.

According to the NBN website, a service is already available in the Woondella Estate between Sale-Maffra and Cemetery Rds, Sale and connection has began in the Glenhaven Park housing development on the Princes Highway north of Sale, while construction of the network in Rosedale will begin within three years.