Merimbula to house first NBN satellite ground station gateway

Merimbula to house first NBN satellite ground station gateway

Location chosen for a number of reasons including climate and its close proximity to NBN's core fibre transit network, according to NBN Co.

Merimbula, located in the far south coast of New South Wales, has been selected by NBN Co as the location of the first National Broadband Network (NBN) satellite ground station gateway.

Construction for the facility will commence next year and is slated to be operational by 2015.

The satellite facility will transmit Internet to homes as part of NBN’s long-term satellite scheme.

“Merimbula was chosen for a number of reasons: The climate is perfect for our needs,” NBN Co satellite project director, Matt Dawson, said in a statement. “It’s also located close to reliable power and other infrastructure including the NBN’s core fibre transit network.”

Nearly three per cent of premises in Australia that fall outside the NBN’s fibre and fixed wireless footprint will be receiving satellite services.

An interim satellite service for the NBN is already up and running.

The site, which is around 15 kilometres north-west of the township of Merimbula, was chosen as the location for six satellite dishes which will complement the impending ground station. It was selected after consultation with Bega Valley Shire Council.

Dawson stressed this decision does not mean Merimbula will definitely miss out on a fibre NBN connection though the final decision has yet to be made by NBN Co.

“Its size and population means, subject to finalisation of our rollout plans, we expect many in the town of Merimbula will receive the fibre optic service before the end of the planned 10-year rollout of the nationwide upgrade to Australia’s communication infrastructure,” he said.

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