North Burnett behind on rollout
NORTH Burnett has one of the worst take-up rates in Queensland, according the National Broadband Network.
In Monto, 135 premises are currently ready for NBN fixed wireless service, but only 35 premises have taken up the NBN in the area.
415 homes and businesses in Eidsvold are currently able to order NBN’s fixed wireless service; only 42 premises have taken up an NBN service.
In Gayndah, 395 premises are serviced by NBN’s fixed wireless technology, while only 87 premises have adopted it.
About 490 homes and businesses in Biggenden are serviced by fixed wireless and these people can order a service right now, but only 103 premises have done so.
228 premises in Mount Perry are also serviced by fixed wireless, which is on air. Only 53 premises have taken it up.
Until the service becomes more freely available to local businesses in particular, residents may not see the need to upgrade from pre-existing ADSL connections.
PeterWilliams, who runs the computer service in Monto, said he’d heard no complaints from people about the service.
“Because of what I do, if there’s a problem people tend to come to me first because they think it might be an issue on their end rather than a problem with NBN,” MrWilliams said.
“I’ve never heard of any problems with the NBN wireless service so far, but the satellite service is a different story.
“There have been a few dramas there, mainly hardware problems.”
Queensland Corporate Affairs Manager Kylie Lindsay urged eligible Queenslanders to sign up to services over the NBN fixed wireless network to take advantage of fast and reliable broadband.
“Regional Queenslanders have been crying out for improved internet services for many years, and yet now that the NBN network is available, they are slow to take up services,” Ms Lindsay said.
“This sort of broadband access has never been seen before in regional Queensland, and the benefits for families and businesses are wide ranging.”
Looking at the NBN rollout map, one can see that for most towns, NBN availability is locked within town boundaries, with fixed wireless services being available for homes on the outskirts.
The exception is Mundubbera, which is currently marked as “build commenced” and is expected to be completed within the first half of the year.