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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