iPrimus, part of M2 Telecommunications Group (ASX: MTU), has connected the first NBN end user in the new rollout area of Coffs Harbour, NSW.
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, was on hand to welcome guests to the Showgrounds.
He spoke of the opportunities that high definition video conferencing over the NBN opens up for greater participation in the Arts.
“We all want our kids to have access to the best teachers in Australia – or even in the world. With the National Broadband Network, whether you live in Sydney or Melbourne, or in the most remote part of Australia, it will be possible to access the best specialist teachers, wherever they are,” he said.
M2 claimed, in a statement, that the launch reinforces its commitment to the accelerated rollout of its fibre offering in Coffs Harbour and across Australia.
“This is the second time in as many weeks that we have had the primary connection in a new NBN enabled area and we look forward to bringing the benefits of our experience to bear in helping the Coffs Harbour community to leverage the opportunities presented by ultra-fast broadband,” M2 CEO, Geoff Horth, said.
To celebrate going live with NBN services, locals were invited along to the Coffs Harbour Showground for a performance and singing lesson from Opera Australia soprano, Taryn Fiebig.
A group of young students from the Coffs Harbour Conservatorium of music were put through their paces by the soprano, running through a set of opera scales streamed live in high definition from the Sydney Opera House across an NBN-enabled two-way video conferencing link.
“The lesson we have seen delivered today by Taryn Fiebig, iPrimus and Opera Australia over the NBN is just one of many examples of how this state-of-the art network will open up the Arts across the board for future generations,” Conroy added.