NBN Co's fixed wireless service in rural and remote areas has risen nearly fourfold in the past year to 106,000 premises. The figure includes 20,000 premises in rural and regional areas across the country where the NBN is newly available, including Humpty Doo, Northern Territory and parts of the Mid North Coast, NSW. According to the latest figures from NBN Co, the fixed wireless service is available to 106,000 premises -- up from 27,250 premises on 30 June 2013. Over the same period there has also been a sevenfold increase in the number of families and businesses using the service -- rising from 1,870 premises a year ago to 16,000 premises today.
The increase in users coincides with the addition to the fixed wireless product suite a year ago of the higher 25 megabits per second wholesale speed tier. NBN Co Chief Operating Officer, Greg Adcock, said it was clear from these figures that people outside the major cities wanted better broadband. "We've put a significant focus on accelerating rollout of NBN Co's fixed wireless service to rural and regional Australia," he said.
"That allows people in these communities to take advantage of the economic and social opportunities that the rest of the country takes for granted." Federation University Australia Centre Director, Helen Thompson, said surpassing 100,000 premises covered was a significant milestone for NBN Co.
"But it's even more significant for regional Australia, which has had poor access to internet services for years," she said. "Not only will it close the digital divide between city and country, fast broadband will enable rural businesses to flourish and regional economies to grow and attract further wealth and investment." NBN Co's fixed wireless service offers wholesale download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and wholesale upload speeds of up to five megabits per second to telephone and internet service providers.
In NSW, the NBN is now available in Harrington, Lansdowne, Ghinni Ghinni, Upper Lansdowne, Johns River, Kendall North, Coomba Park (surrounds), Darawank, Nabiac, Tallwoods Village, Minimbah, Dyers Crossing, Firefly, Krambach, Coolongolook, Koorainghat, Gloucester South, Glen Inne, Piallamore, Tenterfield, Quirindi, Spring Creek and Spring Hill Town.
In Victoria, fixed wireless is available in Linton, Mount Helen, Dunolly, Bendigo South, Emu Creek, Mandurang South, Sedgwick, Avenel, Creighton, Violet Town, Toolamba, Murchison North, Murchison South Ardmona, Archies Creek and Yanakie.
In Queensland, the NBN is now available in Wyreema, Yarraman, Balberra, Habana, Munbura, Blackbutt, Ellesmere, Kingaroy, Kumbia, Taabinga, Coolabunia, Maidenwell and Booie East.