NBN in 2015
Berrigan will have fast internet by 2015, but Finley must wait
The local area will be one of the last to receive a fixed wireless connection to the National Broadband Network (NBN) in 2015.
It has not yet been announced if Jerilderie will be serviced by fixed wireless or satellite connections.
NBN Co announced on Monday that the Southern Riverina wireless zones, including the townships of Berrigan and Oaklands and the outskirts of Finley, Tocumwal and Cobram will be activated from mid 2015 onwards.
The National Broadband Network will deliver faster internet speeds to every Australian home and business, via fibre optic cables, fixed wireless or satellite connections.
The Finley, Cobram and Tocumwal townships will be serviced by fibre optic cables.
A start date for the cable construction has not been announced, but is not expected any sooner than 2015.
Therefore, rural areas and towns serviced by satellite and fixed wireless are expected to have NBN access before local towns.
However, there is a significant difference in the speeds available with fibre optics and fixed wireless or satellite.
NBN Co stakeholder relations advisor Tony Gibbs said the fixed wireless network will offer speeds of up to 12Mbps, with plans for higher speeds to become available in the future.
‘‘To put 12Mbps into perspective, people in the fixed wireless area who are currently on dial-up will receive speeds up to 150 times faster, on ABG satellite up to 12 times faster and ADSL up to eight times faster,’’ he said.
‘‘One of the first things people will certainly notice is the speed and reliability of the service.’’
Fibre optic cables will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps, with the potential for higher speeds in the future.
While the NBN speeds will be an improvement, Berrigan Shire Council director corporate services Matt Hansen said Berrigan will be ‘‘left behind once again’’ once the fibre optics are rolled out.
Mr Gibbs anticipates the entire fixed wireless portion of the NBN will be built by the end of 2015.
The first fixed wireless areas - including Ballarat in Victoria - should be activated in mid 2012, he added.
While Mr Gibbs said the exact fixed wireless boundaries have not been finalised, he expects the wireless zone to begin where standard house blocks stop.
The zone is expected to be a narrow area around each town, which will not reach as far as Blighty.
Mr Gibbs did not rule Jerilderie out of the fixed wireless area, saying further announcements will be made.
All areas outside of the fibre optic or fixed wireless areas will be serviced by satellite, with improved satellite speeds also up to 12Mbps expected in 2015.
The entire NBN rollout should be completed in 10 years.
The other local area earmarked to receive fixed wireless is the outskirts of Deniliquin.
For more information visit www.nbnco.com.au, or ring the NBN Co’s Solutions Centre on 1800 881 816