NBN roll­out will bring Childers up to speed.

New plan al­most halves Peter’s bill

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By ASH­LEY CLARK

STAY CON­NECTED: Ap­ple Tree Creek res­i­dent Peter Cooper is de­lighted he’ll soon be hooked up to the NBN.

AP­PLE Tree Creek res­i­dent Peter Cooper is one of hun­dreds of Tel­stra cus­tomers in the Childers area who can now connect to the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work (NBN) us­ing speedy fixed wire­less tech­nol­ogy.

The NBN of­fers fast and re­li­able down­load speeds, giv­ing lo­cals the op­por­tu­nity to work more ef­fi­ciently within their busi­ness or home.

Mr Cooper said the NBN roll­out had al­lowed him to cut costs on his plan and in­crease im­proved ser­vices.

“I was ac­tu­ally look­ing to change up my land­line and wire­less in­ter­net plan be­cause it was get­ting quite ex­pen­sive,” he said.

“I was told that NBN is now ac­ces­si­ble in my area and I’m now on a new plan where I’m sav­ing up to 42%.

“I have gone from a 15 gi­ga­byte al­lowance to a 200 gi­ga­byte al­lowance at a cheaper rate, which I’m very sur­prised and happy about.”

Tel­stra Coun­try Wide area gen­eral manager for Cen­tral Queens­land and Sun­shine Coast Kris Carver said the launch of Tel­stra ser­vices on NBN Co’s fixed wire­less net­work would mark the be­gin­ning of a new era for lo­cals, putting a range of new ser­vices and ap­pli­ca­tions within reach of res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

“Fixed wire­less on the NBN can also pro­vide the band­width needed to get more mem­bers of the house­hold on­line at the same time to stream videos and use a range of con­nected de­vices like PCs, game con­soles, tablets and smartphones,” he said.

A Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil spokesman said the coun­cil had en­cour­aged busi­nesses across the re­gion to pre­pare for the ar­rival of high-speed broad­band tech­nol­ogy, of­fer­ing dig­i­tal work­shops through its re­cently com­pleted Dig­i­tal En­ter­prise Pro­gram.

Four work­shops were held in the Childers area to help lo­cal busi­nesses pre­pare for en­gage­ment with the new tech­nol­ogy.

Mr Carver said Tel­stra staff had been gear­ing up for the launch for sev­eral months, with lo­cal tech­ni­cians and store staff – in­clud­ing those at the Bund­aberg store – re­ceiv­ing spe­cial train­ing to help res­i­dents tran­si­tion to the NBN.

PHOTO: JIM ALOUAT

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CON­NECTED: Childers res­i­dent Peter Cooper is de­lighted to be hooked up to the NBN.

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