NBN still rolling out
THE Coaltion government’s highspeed NBN is speeding towards completion with about 98 per cent of regional homes, farms and businesses now able to connect or under construction. More than half a million premises outside major urban areas have been activated on the NBN since the beginning of 2018. In November, NBN Co announced big improvements to its Sky Muster services, which are vital for connecting people living in the most remote areas. The new Sky Muster Plus product will provide unmetered data for daily tasks such as web browsing, email and software updates in 2019. The first three rounds of the government’ s highly successful $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program is nearing completion, with more than 655 new mobile base stations now live and on air, helping to keep people in regional and remote communities connected. Focus is on extra services around Cooktown and on Cape York. The application process for a fourth round of the program is now under way, with $25 million committed to deliver more coverage across Australia.