NBN boosts fixed wireless and satellite speeds

Residents in remote and regional Australia will pay the same price for NBN services as metro areas

The National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed wireless and long term satellite services will be upgraded to provide broadband speeds of 25 Mbps download and 5Mbps upload in remote and regional Australia.

Communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, said residents can access faster speeds than what has previously been available via ADSL services.

“For too long, people living in regional and rural Australia have had to put up with slow, unreliable internet services—if they could get a connection at all. This upgrade represents a doubling of speeds for the NBN’s fixed wireless and satellite services,” Senator Conroy said.

“It will lead to improved education and health services for regional and remote Australia, as well as greater opportunities for small businesses and agriculture. It will allow high-quality video conferencing, making it easier to work remotely."

The 25/5 Mbps service will become available mid-year for the fixed wireless network and the long term satellite service will begin in 2015.

The price for the 25/5 Mbps service on fixed wireless and satellite will be the same as that charged for 25/5 Mbps fibre services at about $40 per month. “This means people living in regional and remote Australia will pay the same prices for NBN services as people in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane,” he said.

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