Off-road show­case of NBN

Pilbara News - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Tom Zaun­mayr

A weird-look­ing truck with a huge dish on its roof is tour­ing the North West to show­case the Na­tional Broad­band Network’s satel­lite tech­nol­ogy, Sky Muster.

The ve­hi­cle be­gan its Pil­bara jour­ney in Port Hed­land on Mon­day and will visit Mar­ble Bar, New­man, Tom Price, Parabur­doo, Pan­na­won­ica and Kar­ratha be­fore head­ing south to Onslow, Co­ral Bay and Ex­mouth next week.

The high-tech truck uses a por­ta­ble satel­lite an­tenna that al­lows res­i­dents to see the ser­vices avail­able over the NBN.

An nbn spokes­woman said the best way to demon­strate the speed and ef­fec­tive­ness of broad­band satel­lite was to take it to peo­ple’s doorsteps.

“We’re re­ally keen to pro­vide the com­mu­nity with an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the ser­vice for them­selves in real-time,” she said.

“It is go­ing to be a real game changer for those liv­ing in re­gional and ru­ral ar­eas.”

The ve­hi­cle is one of six de­ployed across Aus­tralia and is ca­pa­ble of set­ting up in the mid­dle of nowhere.

The con­verted four-wheel-drive’s satel­lite dish is ca­pa­ble of find­ing and trans­mit­ting broad­band from a Sky Muster sig­nal any­where in Aus­tralia.

It is equipped with two big touch screen tele­vi­sion-com­put­ers, car­ries its own power source and is de­signed to reach the most re­mote parts of the coun­try in the most rugged ter­rain.

Those want­ing the satel­lite ser­vice need to en­ter their details into the nbn web­site ad­dress checker, which will pro­vide a list of eight re­tail ser­vice providers.

Once the pre­ferred provider is cho­sen, cus­tomers can then make an in­stal­la­tion ap­point­ment.

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