FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said the commissioning of seven new Fixed Wireless towers in the New England Electorate, reaching about 1,700 premises, will boost investment in this fast broadband technology to be more than an estimated $10 million.
Mr Joyce said by the middle of the year the new towers will go live on the Armidale-Grafton Road, at Invergowrie and Rockvale Road and at Bundarra. Two more towers are expecting completion at Inverell West, Delungra, with the final new tower established at Willow Tree in the Liverpool Plains Shire.
Mr Joyce said the new towers will join 25 Fixed Wireless towers already in place.
He said there were 16 towers in the Tamworth Regional Council Local Government Area, including Hallsville, Kootingal, Attunga, Calala Lane, Bendemeer, Kingswood Reservoir, Tamworth Country Rd, Daruka, Nundle, Moonbi, Moore Creek South, Calala South, Byrnes Street, Manilla, Barraba and Barraba South.
Other centres in the Electorate with commissioned Fixed Wireless towers include Tenterfield and Wallangarra, Quirindi and Wallabadah, Gilgai Oval, Inverell and Inverell South. He said there was also a tower at Uralla and at Martins Lookout in the Glen Innes Severn Shire Council.
Mr Joyce said 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.
He said end-user experience, including the speeds actually achieved over the NBN, depends on some factors outside NBN Co’s control like equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how the end user’s service provider designs its network.
Fixed Wireless services are delivered by radio communications via antennas that transmit a signal direct to a small outdoor antenna on your home or business.
Mr Joyce said before the network equipment is installed a signal quality test will be carried out.
He said those premises which are unable to be served by Fixed Wireless may be able to receive NBN Co’s long term satellite service when it becomes available. Visit www.nbnco.com.au/satellite for more information.
In Fixed Wireless areas, copper phone lines will remain in place to provide a landline telephone service, if the end user chooses to use it.
A standard installation of NBN equipment is currently free of charge. Residents should ask their preferred service provider if they have any other fees.
For more information visit www.nbnco.com.au