CBD left wait­ing for NBN cov­er­age

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

FASTER in­ter­net speeds have ar­rived in the Gayn­dah dis­trict, but not in the CBD.

An NBN spokesman said the ser­vice cov­ered more than 150 premises and was be­ing rolled out in stages as “dic­tated by de­sign”.

“You have to build in cer­tain ar­eas rather than oth­ers, then join them to­gether,” the spokesman said.

“The logic of the sur­rounds ver­sus the town cen­tres is that gen­er­ally those who live in the sur­rounds have the worst level of con­nec­tion, whereas those in town cen­tres have rea­son­able con­nec­tion.

“Ar­eas that are more densely pop­u­lated will have fixed line con­nec­tions; re­gional sur­rounds will get fixed wire­less; hard-to-get ar­eas will get a satel­lite ser­vice.”

The dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies meant a quicker and more cost-ef­fec­tive roll­out, he said.

The NBN Co map of avail­able con­nec­tions around Gayn­dah shows the ser­vice is patchy as fixed wire­less op­er­ates on “line of sight”.

“If prop­er­ties are be­hind trees or in a val­ley they will strug­gle to get ser­vice,” he said.

“While it is the na­ture of the ser­vice, it doesn’t mean peo­ple will miss out.”

As the fixed wire­less con­nec­tion re­quires the in­stal­la­tion of an aerial on the roof and a box, the con­nec­tion is locked to the premise, and not the in­di­vid­ual.

A res­i­dent can then sign up to a ser­vice or plan.

Visit http://nbnco. com.au/con­nect-homeor-business/ to see if ser­vice is avail­able to your home or business.

If ser­vice is avail­able, you will be given a list of avail­able in­ter­net providers.

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