Cairns in Queensland is now switched on to the National Broadband Network (NBN), with the fibre network covering 2700 premises in Bungalow, Cairns North, Manunda, Parramatta Park, Portsmith and Westcourt.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland expects the NBN will help the organisation effectively deliver online content that markets the region’s natural attractions to the world.
“The NBN will help bring the magic of our reef, rainforest and other attractions to the rest of Australia, and the world, with a more effective delivery of rich, highly-engaging content via the Internet,” Rosie Douglas, director of business events for Tourism Tropical North Queensland, said in a statement.
“It is a powerful tool for local businesses to reach both national and international audiences, allowing for greater efficiencies throughout their overall marketing communications.”
NBN Co confirmed its wholesale prices in the city are not different to the "bush", and all phone companies and internet service providers are given equal access to the network.
An additional 2900 premises in the surrounding Cairns area are expected to go live with the NBN in the coming months. Construction on expanding the NBN to Palm Cove will commence later this year.