Roma to be home to NBN satellite ground station

Two satellite dishes will be built at Roma in Queensland to support the NBN's Long Term Satellite Service.

A satellite ground station for the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be built at Roma in Queensland.

The facility will play a key role in delivering the NBN to remote suburbs such as Winton, Bedourie, Burketown and the Torres Strait Islands.

The one-storey facility will include two 13.5m wide satellite dishes on Kimbler Road in Roma, which is around 475km north-west of Brisbane, and is expected to be operational by 2015.

“Roma is ideally situated to play a central role in delivering better broadband to the outback. It has the ideal climate and is close to reliable power and other infrastructure including the NBN’s core fibre transit network – the main fibre transmission lines linking towns and our exchanges,” Matt Dawson, NBN Co’s program director, satellites, said in a statement.

The satellite ground station is one of 10 facilities across Australia which are being built for the NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service, which will provide wholesale speeds of up to 12Mbps and will eventually replace the NBN's current 6Mbps Interim Satellite Service.

Other satellite ground stations have been announced in Bourke in NSW, which will help between 15,000 and 20,000 Australians access the NBN; Wolumla, near Merimbula on the South Coast of NSW; Geeveston in Tasmania; Ceduna in South Australia; and three locations in Western Australia – Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Carnarvon.

A development application for the satellite ground station still needs to be approved and the facility needs to comply with planning requirements.

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Geoff Henderson


All longer term stuff, operational by 2015. Well if there are no delays.
In the meantime the knowledge that NBN "is coming" pretty much means there will be little investment in broadband technology that supports the current system. That suggests that service standards may well decrease over that time.
I suspect that the broadband speeds cited may also be optomistic. I was on satellite for several years, and a "good" speed was around 2 Mbps - not warp speed at all, and way short of 6 Mbps, let alone 12 touted by NBN.

Having said that, I'am absolutely in favour of a quality internet system, but I lack confidence that the NBN is going to deliver on time and on budget (or even close to either) and I worry that the next government will just stuff it up in their haste to "fix" the NBN concept.



Comparing new service with old is just silly IMHO...however you have touched on the right issue..that speed will be woeful...we are implementing old technology and cementing in a virtual apartheid broadband system for ever. I currently have to pay $130 odd for 16 gig month lousy and another $23 per gig per extra if I purchase more. A joke. I live 5 minutes from town. Will never even get wireless adequately. Wish we could turn back time an ADSL every exchange in OZ. Easy...done.

Gordon Drennan


Does anyone else think that every NBNCo press release endlessly repeating facts about the internal workings of the network are actually "news"? I'm sure NBNCo wants to keep reminding people that somewhere they are doing something with the tens of billions of dollars of taxpayers money they are spending, but what everyone else is interested in isn't the plumbing, but seeing something delivered.



According to some people, it seems NBN Co are damned if they do, and damned if they don't.

When they report what they are doing, the Statler/Waldorf claque complain that it's not 'news' - and if there were no reports, the same sources would bellyache that NBN Co was being secretive.

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