Broken Hill in NSW has been selected as the spot for NBN Co to build a satellite ground station, playing a key role for rural areas gaining fast broadband access.
Construction will begin next year on a single storey building featuring two 13.5m diameter satellite dishes on a site about 9km east of the city on the Barrier Hwy.
It will act as a transmission centre to deliver services on the NBN to remote areas such as Menindee, Purnamoota, Yanco Glen and Kanbara. It is expected to be up and running by 2015. The satellite ground station will be one of 10 facilities supporting NBN Co’s Long Term Satellite Service, and will take up to 30 construction workers to build the facility by NBN contractor, Cockram Construction.
Currently there are two NBN communications satellites under construction that aim to deliver wholesale speeds of up to 12Mbps to internet service providers. “Broken Hill is ideally situated to play a central role in delivering better broadband to the outback. It has the ideal climate and is close to reliable power and other infrastructure including the NBN’s core fibre transit network– the main fibre transmission lines linking towns and our exchanges,” NBN Co program director of satellites, Matt Dawson, said in a statement.