Broadband bypassing Port
MOSSMAN and Wonga Beach will be connected to the national broadband network in the next three years - but Port Douglas is going to be bypassed.
Over 250,000 Queensland homes and businesses have been added to the construction timetable for the NBN rollout, which is sched- uled to be fully completed in 2021.
Although the Douglas region was scheduled for connection within 10 years, the recent announcement lists Mossman and Wonga Beach in the three-year rollout.
Construction is expected to begin before mid-2015.
NBN Co’s community relations manager for Queensland Ryan Williams said the decision to bypass Port Douglas is based purely on engineering principles.
‘‘Because we have so much of Australia to cover by 2021 we have to do it in a logical and efficient way utilising engineering principles,’’ he said.
‘‘We have to build connecting pieces now and a transit network needs to be in place.
‘‘If we built into Port Douglas now we wouldn’t be able to connect to the rest of the network.
‘‘The schedule for fibre in Port Douglas is not in the current rollout but it will be later down the track, they will not miss out.’’
Mr Williams said while building the fibres for the network, the company is also building six wireless networks to provide fixed wireless and next generation satellite to the 7 per cent of Australians who will not get fibre optic.
‘‘With the wireless network, the majority will be complete by 2015 and a lot of people in the region will be accessing the NBN through fixed wireless and satellite with some time before they receive fibre,’’ he said.
The NBN Co will announce another rollout next year via their website www.nbnco.com.au/rollout to keep everyone up to date on when they will be switched onto the network.