National Broadband Network switched on in South Australia

Willunga the final first release site, local educators praise network potential

NBN Co has switched on the fifth and final first release National Broadband Network (NBN) site, with residents of Willunga, South Australia, now able to sign up to the network.

Senator Stephen Conroy said the rollout would enhance the lives of around 940 residents in the region, which is located 45 kilometres south of Adelaide.

“All Australians deserve to be connected to the NBN,” Conroy said. “It will bring economic growth but it will also enhance the way we care for our families and ourselves, the way we share knowledge and information, and the way we trade our goods and services.”

Ninety per cent of residents have signed up for a free fibre connection to the network.

Speaking at the launch, principal of Willunga High School, Janelle Reimann, said students will benefit from the network thanks to high-definition video lessons.

“The high definition video conferencing our senior students can now have with viticulture experts has been made possible via the NBN,” Reimann said.

“Students doing VET Certificate 1 Food Processing can now interact with experts, like those from SA TAFE’s Regional Mount Barker Campus today, as if they were in the same room.”

The Willunga trial phase will run until October, after which people signed up will be able to order services from one of 24 NBN retail service providers.

More than 1800 end users across Australia are now connected to the NBN; with NBN Co last month revealing Ballarat, Darwin, Geraldton, Tamworth and Toowoomba would have access to the NBN’s 12 megabits per second (12Mbps) fixed wireless service.

NBN Co also recently announced the dates of construction of the NBN’s second release sites in NSW, Queensland and the ACT.

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