In AFL mad Melbourne, with Grand Final fever taking grip, NBN Co kicked a goal by join forces with some of the sport's legends to showcase the opportunities for sports stars of tomorrow by hosting Australia’s first ever National Broadband Network (NBN)-enabled sports training session.
The demonstration of the capabilities of the broadband network coincided with the switch-on of the NBN in South Morang, in Melbourne’s north, increasing the reach of the network to an additional 2300 suburban homes and businesses.
The training session saw Hawthorn legend and Brownlow medallist, Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico, deliver expert tips and advice to South Morang children via a highspeed, high definition video link delivered over the NBN.
The children also received on-the-ground training from North Melbourne champion Brent “Boomer” Harvey.
Dipper said all the right things.
“Grand Final Week is all about being able to connect with the greats of the game. The superfast broadband network being rolled out right across the country will open up all sorts of exciting opportunities for kids in cities, the regions and the bush to get up close to the world’s greatest sports stars right from their lounge room or their backyard,” he said.
“The last time I played in a Grand Final was in 1989 – two years before the invention of the World Wide Web. The sorts of things people can do over the NBN today would have seemed like science fiction back then. Technology is not standing still. Neither should Australia.”
NBN Co Chief Communications Officer, Kieren Cooney, said construction work had already begunon rolling out the NBN to 48,000 homes and businesses in Victoria, including 9700 premises in South Morang, Mill Park and Bundoora.
Construction is set to have begun or be completed for 690,000 homes and businesses across the state by mid-2015.
“Every home, school and workplace in Australia will be connected to the NBN within the next decade. Better broadband won’t just deliver a step change in the way we work, it will have an impact on the way we structure our leisure time too,” Cooney said.
“For instance, high speed video links can bring sports coaches closer to athletes outside the big cities and help them optimise their performance. It can also enrich the sporting experience for fans, opening up the prospect of more channels and more video streams in high definition.”
The NBN was launched in Victoria in August last year in an area containing 2800 premises in Brunswick in inner city Melbourne.