NBN in 2015

Ber­ri­gan will have fast in­ter­net by 2015, but Fin­ley must wait

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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

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