THE company building Australia's national broadband network, NBN Co, has unveiled the locations on the Coffs Coast which are scheduled to receive high-speed fixed wireless broadband.
NBN co's External Relations Manager Trent Williams said the fixed-wireless network will deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses not connected to the fibre optic network at wholesale speeds up to 150 times faster than dial-up and up to eight times faster than ADSL.
"NBN Co's plan is to deliver high speed broadband to every Australian using one of three technologies - fibre, fixed wireless and satellite," Mr Williams said.
"Communities which are slated for fixed wireless cover seven local government areas," he said.
"Places that can't be served by fixed wireless will receive NBN Co's Long Term Satellite service.
Mr Williams said the fixed wireless network will use cellular technology to and from a small antenna on the roof of a home or building which has line of sight to a fixed wireless facility.
"This announcement is tremendous news for these communities, many of which have little or no access to high-speed broadband, or those confined to a limited service, such as dial-up or broadband over the mobile network or older satellite systems.
"The fixed wireless network will cover around 15,000 premises on the North Coast and it is expected areas will start to be switched on in stages from around mid 2013.
"Faster, more reliable internet aims to deliver speeds and services that city people take for granted. It will also mean telehealth consultations, video conferencing, interactive lessons and live collaboration with teachers and students here and abroad can become a reality.
"NBN Co's fixed wireless network is designed to offer internet service providers with wholesale access 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 1 up to eight times faster.*
"Unlike a mobile wireless service where speeds can be affected by the number of people moving into and out of the area, NBN Co's fixed wireless network is engineered to deliver services to a fixed number of premises within a coverage area."
NBN Co is hosting a community information session on Saturday.
Residents are invited to meet the NBN Co team at the Cavanbah Centre between 11am and 3pm and ask questions about fixed wireless and the local fibre optic roll out program. No appointments are needed.
Communities slated for the NBN fixed wireless network:
*Indicates that areas surrounding these communities are scheduled to be served by NBN Co's fixed wireless service. Areas are subject to final radio planning.
- Deer Vale
- North Dorrigo
Clarence Valley LGA
- Halfway Creek
- Minnie Water
- Pillar Valley
Coffs Harbour LGA
- Coffs Harbour*
- Corindi Beach*
- Emerald Beach*
- Moonee Beach*
- Nana Glen
- North Boambee Valley
- Red Rock
- Safety Beach*
- Sandy Beach*
- Sapphire Beach
- Upper Orara
- Congarinni North
- Eungai Creek
- Eungai Rail
- Hyland Park*
- Nambucca Heads*
- Newee Creek
- North Macksville*
- South Arm
- Valla Beach*
- Warrell Creek