NBN Co has completed construction of its ninth satellite ground station at Waroona in Western Australia.
It has now completed nine out of 10 planned satellite ground stations, which will provide broadband services to remote and regional Australia.
When completed, NBN’s network of satellite ground stations will feature 24 satellite dishes across ten sites.
They will be critical pieces of infrastructure, essential to the delivery of NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service, due to launch in early 2016, or sooner if possible.
The 10 sites include Bourke, Wolumla, Broken Hill, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Waroona, Roma, Geeveston and Ceduna (due in the first quarter of 2015).
Each ground station features two, 13.5 metre satellite dishes.
While the Wolumla and Kalgoorlie sites have an extra two dishes each for back-up, telemetry and tracking.
The majority of stations also have on-ground solar farms, designed to offset the power consumption of the facilities.
NBN Program Director Satellite, Matt Dawson, said the completion of NBN’s ninth satellite ground station was a key milestone in delivering fast, reliable internet to remote and regional Australia.
“Once in service, NBN’s Long Term Satellite will help people in remote and regional Australia access e-health, distance education and entertainment on demand, whilst businesses could potentially increase productivity, reduce costs and access new markets," he said.
“When fully operational, each NBN satellite ground station will be capable of transmitting 10 gigabits per second – which is equivalent to downloading one HD movie every second,” he said.
The completion of the stations follows the launch of NBN’s Satellite Subsidy Scheme and the addition of extra capacity to the Interim Satellite Solution – both designed to provide broadband access to remote and regional Australia until the launch of NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service.