South Australia has benefitted to the tune of 50 jobs from construction on what the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has dubbed 'vital elements' of the National Broadband Network.
Ceduna is the latest town to be confirmed as a location for a NBN satellite ground station, which will form an essential part of the National Broadband Network’s Long Term Satellite Service and provide broadband to people in remote Australia.
“The ground station will employ between 20 and 30 people in the local Ceduna area during its construction, which is expected to begin early next year with the facility to be operational by 2015,” said Senator Conroy, as he spread the NBN word in SA.
"Long Term Satellite Service will deliver fast and reliable broadband to remote towns in South Australia such as Chinta, Koonibba, Athenna, and Goode.”
While in South Australia, Senator Conroy also inspected construction at a new NBN deployment site which will provide vital NBN infrastructure to the state.
The NBN Co Technical Aggregation Node and Deployment (TAND) site being built in the suburb of Green Fields will support fibre network construction, training, and NBN maintenance for much of South Australia.
It will also be an integral part of NBN Co’s fibre network, helping create more retail competition and better broadband prices for South Australians.
“The construction of the TAND is another sign that the NBN is already delivering jobs and better broadband to South Australia. The TAND will employ around 22 permanent staff,” Senator Conroy said.
“Work on the NBN in South Australia has already commenced or been completed for 27,100 homes and businesses in Aldinga, Modbury, Prospect, Onkaparinga, Seaford and Stirling.
“Meanwhile, in the first release site of Willunga, take up of NBN services is 37 per cent.
“The NBN rollout is on track to have work commenced or completed for 327,300 homes and businesses across South Australia by 2015.”
While in Adelaide, Senator Conroy and Member for Wakefield Nick Champion visited Michael Siddall and Jacinta Warren, new residents of the Lakeside development in Andrews Farm, who recently took up an NBN service.
Lakeside is the first new housing development in South Australia to be connected to the NBN.