More regional towns added to NBN wireless network

NBN Co is forging ahead with connecting regional towns to the NBN wireless network

Northern New South Wales, the Hunter and the southern part of Darling Downs in Queensland will be connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) via wireless.

Around 17,000 households in the regions will be able to connect to the NBN from mid to late next year through its fixed wireless network. The complete NBN rollout in the areas is expected to be completed in 2015.

Residents outside the areas will be connected to the NBN via satellite.

NBN Co has brought forward the rollout of wireless and satellite services for the NBN in order for regional households to receive better broadband access, a statement announced.

A total of 93 per cent of homes and businesses will be connected to the NBN via fibre to the home, primarily in towns with more than 1000 premises.

Smaller towns with as few as 500 homes will be connected to the NBN via a fibre transit link.

It was also recently announced Coffs Harbour, Taree and Port Macquarie on NSW’s north coast would be connected to the NBN fixed wireless network, with completion scheduled in 2015.

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