Off-road showcase of NBN
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.