Broad­band by­pass­ing Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

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.

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