North Bur­nett be­hind on roll­out

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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