WA gets the Buzz over new NBN satellite stations

The stations to be built in Geraldton, Carnarvon and Kalgoorlie will act as essential transmission centres
Rendered image of Bourke LTSS ground station

Rendered image of Bourke LTSS ground station

NBN Co will build three new satellite stations in Western Australia with the aim of helping people living in isolated areas connect to high speed broadband.

The stations in Geraldton, Carnarvon and Kalgoorlie will act as essential transmission centres to deliver services over the National Broadband Network (NBN) to outback communities throughout Australia.

Start date is 2013. Local economies will receive a boost with an estimated 20-30 construction worker required to build each of the facilities.

On the other side of the world, US astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, was excited by the news.

In a previous incarnation, the Carnarvon site played an important role in providing reliable and high quality communications for NASA's manned space flight programme and the Apollo moon landings.

“I was told this was on the cards when I visited Carnarvon in July to open the town's Space and Technology Museum,” Dr Aldrin said in a statement.

“I think it’s just wonderful that Carnarvon will soon be reviving its historic links with space with the launch of a National Broadband Network satellite base station."

Cchairman of the WA scientific and research organisation iVEC, Dr Mal Bryce, said, “High speed, robust and ubiquitous broadband is an absolute prerequisite for the most isolated parts of WA.

"The NBN’s satellite service represents a lifeline for people in regional and remote areas. It will ensure they have access to economic and social opportunities that the rest of us take for granted.”

The NBN’s Interim Satellite Servicealready delivers high-speed broadband to more than 10,000 homes, farms and businesses in rural and remote parts of Australia, offering wholesale download speeds of up to 6 Mbps.

The new satellite ground stations will support the NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service, which is expected to begin operating in 2015, according to NBN CO

Two NBN communications satellites are currently under construction and will deliver wholesale speeds of up to 12Mbps.