An NBN tower is contructed near Watervale. PHOTO – Trevor Ackland.
The much anticipated NBN is arriving in the region soon, with construction of towers in the lower north almost complete, and community consultation happening in the Southern Flinders this week.
The benefits of the NBN to businesses and residents included more consistent, reliable and faster internet speeds, an increase in the number of internet service providers, and more competitive pricing.
Community Information Sessions are the starting point to developing the National Broadband Network in a given area.
“We engage with the local community, explain time frames and construction requirements and generally explain the process to people.
“Before any construction begins we need to submit development applications with local councils, and those approvals need to be granted before we can start digging,” Peter Gurney, Lead Community Affairs Manager WA/NT/SA at NBN Co Limited, said.
He acknowledged that rural and regional communities were desperate for better broadband, and said communities appreciated that the infrastructure needed to be built.
NBN Co infrastructure was built to comply with national standards for electromagnetic energy and local planning rules.
“It then takes about 12 months from the time the build commences until the network is switched on in an area, depending on the location and the nature of the terrain,” Mr Gurney said.
People living and working in the area from Watervale to Tarlee have already observed towers being constructed, and were eagerly awaiting launch of the service, which is due in the second half of the year.
“Whilst it might appear that all infrastructure is in place, in some rural locations fibre connects to one tower, and all other towers are connected via microwave link.
“This means towers are interdependent on one another, and the entire system needs to be in place before any one tower can operate,” Mr Gurney said.
Where possible, NBN technology is co-located onto existing infrastructure, which keeps costs down and reduces construction time.
Systems are built for the number of premises in a given area, allowing for population growth into the future, which means speed and reliability should not fluctuate as it does with fixed wireless internet.
Many locals currently using mobile internet service have experienced variability in speed and connection, depending on the time of day or if there was an event that brought many visitors to the region (eg during the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend), but this will not happen with fixed wireless internet.
Once the system is operational, internet service providers are able to sell fixed wireless internet to consumers using the NBN Co infrastructure.
Competition between providers is expected to push the retail price of internet access down to much lower levels than rural businesses and residents have experienced in the past.
Other towns in the current Fixed Wireless Internet rollout that should be able to access service by the end of the year include Leasingham, Auburn, Balaklava, Armagh, Brinkworth and surrounding districts.
A fixed wireless internet service connecting Gladstone, Laura, Wirrabara, Melrose and surrounding areas could be live within the next 18 months, with Clare, Jamestown, Crystal Brook, Peterborough and Burra to get fixed line technology within a similar time frame.
The NBN or National Broadband Network is an Australia wide upgrade of existing fixed line and internet infrastructure, focusing on closing the digital divide.
NBN Co is the business that is constructing the infrastructure, but is not a service provider.
In rural South Australia, fixed wireless facilities and satellite are the main technologies being implemented, with fixed line technology being offered in larger rural towns and cities.
Once service is available in an area, businesses and residents can go to the NBN Co website (www.nbnco南京夜网.au), search for their address and select a provider.
The provider will install an external antenna and a box within the premises, which will connect the business or household to the internet.
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