New satellite broadband on the horizon as Sky Muster launches successfully

1/10/2015

More than 2300 interim satellite users in O’Connor are a step closer to having access to fast, reliable broadband with the successful launch this morning of the first of nbn’s two world-class communication satellites.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the launch of the Sky Muster satellite from South America today means the wait for access to the National Broadband Network is almost over for many remote communities.

“O’Connor has the largest number of people using the interim satellite so this is huge news for the electorate,” Mr Wilson said.

“This Government recognises broadband access is crucial in overcoming many disadvantages faced by Australians in rural and remote areas.

“We are determined to maximise the value of these satellites by delivering content in the most innovative and efficient ways, and by prioritising uses of high social value such as distance education and e-health.”

Mr Wilson said the Australian Government is committed to providing fast broadband internet to rural and regional residents.

“The cost of each satellite connection is $7900, compared with an average cost of connecting fibre to existing homes and businesses of around $4400.

“This means rural and regional residents will have highly subsided internet access if they use the long term satellite which will benefit O’Connor’s farming and pastoral communities the most.”

nbn is investing around $2 billion on the design, construction and launch of the two satellites and for other ground-based equipment and services. Sky Muster and its sister satellite will be among the world’s most advanced communications satellites.

When operational, nbn’s satellite broadband service will cover more than 400,000 homes and businesses across Australia.

A region-by-region rollout plan is being developed to manage connections to the new service as all users will require a new external receiver dish and modem to connect to the nbn satellite service.

The transfer of ISS users to the new service will occur over a period of around 9 to 12 months.

Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield said nbn’s two high-capacity satellites would use the latest technology to deliver speeds of up to 25 megabits per second, the same as what is offered by fixed line ADSL2.

The second nbn satellite is scheduled for launch in early 2016 and users will be able to connect broadband and voice services from around April next year following beam commissioning and product testing.

Households and businesses will be able to choose from a range of monthly download plans across two different speed tiers.

To see the launch and learn more about nbn’s satellite broadband service visit www.nbnco.com.au/skymuster

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