Broadband still 10 years away
PORT Douglas will be connected to the National Broadband Network’s fibre rollout - but may have to wait up to 10 years to join the technology revolution.
However, the rest of the Douglas region will be able to access the network through fixed wireless and satellite services by 2015.
The National Broadband Network Company will be in Port Douglas to meet with key stake- holders and industry/organisation representatives to discuss when and how the region will tap into the NBN tomorrow.
NBN Co community relations advisor Tony Gibbs said it’s only at the planning and design phase and any new infrastructure that has to be built is subject to planning approvals.
“The great thing about both fixed networks is they are rolled out a lot faster than the fibre and areas going to receive fibre don’t get interim service until the fibre is rolled out,” he said.
“To be fair areas rolling out both fixed and satellite are the most poorly served areas in the country and we’re addressing instructions to build in regional and remote areas as well as metro and we’re doing that with fixed wireless and satellite.”
The company is launching two new satellites to services high speed broadband but in the meantime there is already an interim satellite service available for people who are eligible to get onto the NBN, visit www.nbnco.com.au to figure out eligibility.
For an in-depth information session on what exactly the Douglas region will be receiving, eligibility and what it means firstly for key stakeholders go to the Port Douglas community hall this Friday from 10am to meet with the NBN Co, contact council on 4044 3366 to register the free briefing session.
Meanwhile, delays have occurred in the upgrade of the Daintree Village and Alexandra Range television transmission sites to the digital network.
Both sites were meant to be upgraded to digital this month, however Cairns Regional Council’s licence to transmit a digital signal has been stalled.
The Daintree Village transmission site will now be upgraded on August 17 while those north of the river will have to wait until the end of the year.