NBN plans fixed wire­less roll-out

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - BY JAMIE KRONBORG jkro­n­borg@ne­me­dia.com.au

NBN is to make ap­pli­ca­tion to Indigo Shire Coun­cil to es­tab­lish a fixed wire­less fa­cil­ity in Beechworth’s Payne Road as part of the broad­band cor­po­ra­tion’s local ser­vice roll- out start­ing next year.

Cor­po­rate af­fairs ad­viser Kasey El­li­son said NBN planned to start con­struc­tion early in 2018 to con­nect about 1900 Beechworth homes and busi­nesses to the fixed line net­work.

She said peo­ple could ex­pect to or­der a re­tail ser­vice over the na­tional broad­band net­work be­tween July and Septem­ber next year.

The pro­posed fixed wire­less fa­cil­ity is ad­di­tional in­fra­struc­ture to pro­vide na­tional broad­band ac­cess for about 200 house­holds and premises on Beechworth’s out­skirts.

“It is ex­pected th­ese premises will be able to take ad­van­tage of ser­vices over NBN fixed wire­less tech­nol­ogy in early 2019,” Ms El­li­son said.

“How­ever, this is sub­ject to coun­cil ap­proval.”

NBN will host a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion specif­i­cally about the fixed wire­less fa­cil­ity – not gen­eral broad­band ser­vices – on Septem­ber 20.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to at­tend the ses­sion be­tween 3pm and 6pm at 30 Ford Street to ask ques­tions and find out more about the fixed wire­less pro­posal.

“Many premises in the wider sur­round­ing re­gion are also el­i­gi­ble to con­nect to the NBN through the Sky Muster satel­lite ser­vice,” Ms El­li­son said.

The lat­ter ser­vice has been avail­able to re­gional and re­mote Aus­tralians since April 2016.

House­hold­ers and busi­ness pro­pri­etors can find out when they are el­i­gi­ble to con­nect to the net­work and reg­is­ter for up­dates by us­ing the ‘ check your ad­dress’ func­tion at www. nbnco. com. au/ switch.

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