NBN Co has been provided $480 million by the federal government to upgrade the NBN fixed wireless network, the first major milestone under the Better Connectivity for Rural and Regional Australia Plan.

To connect and ensure that all Australians have access to fast internet at reasonable costs, the NBN Co was founded in 2009 with the mission to design, develop, and manage Australia’s wholesale broadband access network.

The Better Connectivity for Rural and Regional Australia Plan promises to deliver improved broadband and mobile coverage across regional Australia.

The $480 million investment in the NBN will support Australian communities seeking access to a cutting-edge broadband connection and businesses delivering to local and overseas markets.

Upgrades will see an estimated 755,000 consumers in the fixed wireless footprint benefit from access to increased download speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps), with up to 85 per cent able to access 250 Mbps and deliver typical wholesale busy hour speeds of at least 50 Mbps.

Not only will the upgrade increase consumer connectivity and download speed, but the fixed wireless coverage is expanding, covering an additional 120,000 premises that are currently satellite-only.

The current settlement of funding arrangements means NBN Co can increase Sky Muster data allowances and product inclusions in the coming weeks, with further enhancements to follow after the upgrades are complete, benefiting approximately 300,000 premises.

With funding in place, NBN Co can commence the fixed wireless upgrades roll-out, which will continue over the next two and a half years.

Information about the fixed wireless upgrades, when improvements will be seen in your area, and how these improvements will benefit, is available at www.nbnco.com.au with expected updates over the coming months.