NBN planning begins in the Northern Rivers region in NSW

Communications minister Stephen Conroy announced today speeds for fixed wireless and satellite services on the NBN would double to 25/2Mbps from 12/1Mbps.

Planning is underway for the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) fixed wireless network in the Northern Rivers region in NSW.

Residents outside the fibre footprint in Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley Shire, Kyogle Council, the City of Lismore, Richmond Valley Council and Tweed Shire will have NBN connections via fixed wireless.

“Today’s announcement that everyone will have access to faster broadband than people get on the copper network in our big cities means that people who don't live in Sydney will have access to the sort of services that can really help overcome the tyranny of distance – services like telehealth and distance education using high-definition video conferencing,” Janelle Saffin, member for Page, said in a statement.

NBN Co will consult with communities in each area for the layout of the network, which could include the construction of new fixed wireless towers which would need development approval by councils.

Communications minister Stephen Conroy announced today speeds for fixed wireless and satellite services on the NBN would double to 25/5Mbps from 12/1Mbps.

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7 Comments

Brad

1

How the hell can you justify fixed wireless for a town the size of Lismore and its massive regional population base.
In realative terms, 25/2Mbps will be diddly squat poor-mans broadband once the real fibre NBN is fully deployed.
I hope this is just a "filler" until fibre comes to town, and not a sign that wireless is starting to be seen as a viable el-cheapo option long term solutions for the regions.

Matt

2

What the... "consult with communities", theyll have to be brave to come to a meeting, we're not going to put up with that rubbish, roll out the fibre, cmon!

Anon

3

Both of you are whinging about a non-issue, fibre is going to all towns, only some villages will be missed and plenty of those will be getting fibre too.

Outside of town you will get wireless/satellite depending on location.

Personally I think that the fibre network should replace the copper network completely (and certainly wherever there is overhead powerlines, and they can just piggyback on those poles).

JAB_au

4

Acualy there was a meeting at Ballina RSL for the region back in August 2011. (I attended, how about you?)

If you guys went & had a read you will find that Lismore is listed to recive fibre "eventualy": http://www.nbnco.com.au/assets/documents/nbn-nsw-and-act-list.pdf

You will find that the reason wireless is coming now is because it takes much less work to build than laying a GPON network to 50000 or so people in Lismore.

Of course if the LNP wins you wont be getting Fibre to your house or place of business. They havn't released a policy but speculation says they will be doing Fibre to the Node, which means you will be still using copper.

Matt

5

Hoping your right, article doesn't read like that to me...

"Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley Shire, Kyogle Council, the City of Lismore, Richmond Valley Council and Tweed Shire will all have NBN connections via fixed wireless."

D. Henselin

6

I think there's a mistake in this story, it's actually 25/5Mbps,
not 25/2Mbps.

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