NBN to offer faster fixed wireless broadband speeds for regional Australia
Residents and businesses in regional Australia will now be able to access the NBN fixed wireless network for the first time and receive significant speed boosts.
NBN announced more than 24,000 homes and businesses across remote and regional areas will experience faster and more consistent speeds with plans to add another 120,000 homes in the near future.
This upgrade is part of a $750 million investment – made up of $480m from the Australian Government and $270m from the NBN.
“We are committed to evolving our network to deliver fast and reliable broadband to Australians no matter where they live,” says Gavin Williams, NBN chief development officer.
“We are in the middle of the next evolution of the NBN fixed wireless network to extend its reach and capability and bring improved service deeper into rural and regional Australia.
“The NBN fixed wireless networks is the biggest digital backbone for many regional Australians.
“With more people living in regional areas, connectivity has never been more important and that is why we are not just responding to existing and demand but also planning for the future.
“We expect that by around the end of 2024, the upgrades we’re making across the NBN fixed wireless network will enable around 750,000 homes and businesses to enjoy better broadband, which will allow more people to be online at the same time to work study and stream with less buffering.”
The 24,000 premises which can now access the NBN fixed wireless network are within the NBN satellite footprint and have been selected based on their location in relation to existing NBN fixed wireless towers.
Priority was given to homes located in the busiest parts of the NBN satellite footprint.
The distribution on homes and businesses that will enjoy faster services in regional areas broken down state to state is NSW (6,700), QLD (6,500), SA (2,200), TAS (1,200), VIC (5,900), WA (1,800).