The National Broadband Network (NBN) interim satellite service to rural and remote areas is now available.
In May, NBN Co announced Optus and IPStar as interim satellite service providers in contracts worth $200 million and $100 million respectively. Satellite and fixed wireless services will make up seven per cent of the NBN’s footprint.
The service replaces the Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) scheme which subsidised ISPs supplied broadband services to blackspot locations.
NBN Co anticipates 300 customers to be connected per month from July to November.
People living in select rural and remote areas can check if they are eligible for the satellite service through www.nbnco.com.au/satellite.
Eligible customers can then take up a service from a participating ISP with no standard installation costs.
Peak speeds under the temporary service is expected to be 6Mbps downlink and 1Mbps uplink.
Interim satellite services will run until 2015 and will be superseded by a more permanent scheme with NBN Co’s own satellite services aimed at delivering 12Mbps wholesale download speeds.
For the four per cent of remote or rural premises to be serviced by fixed wireless under the NBN, a 4G LTE solution is in the works through a $1.1 billion 10-year deal between NBN Co and communications vendor, Ericsson, announced in early June.