Senator Fiona Nash

Senator Fiona Nash, Senator for NSW

Senator for New South Wales

Deputy Leader of The Nationals
Minister for Regional Development | Minister for Local Government & Territories | Minister for Regional Communications

Senator Fiona Nash

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Fixed wireless broadband network expands across rural Australia

Friday, 14 July 2017

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash 
Minister for Regional Communications 
Deputy Leader of the Nationals  

14 July 2017  

  • Another 45 fixed wireless towers activated across June and July 
  • Adds to the existing network of 1700 fixed wireless towers 
  • Fixed wireless has highest customer satisfaction rating 

The rapid expansion of NBN's popular fixed wireless network for rural Australia continues with 31 towers having been turned on in June and another 14 expected to go live in July, Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash said today.  

Fixed wireless towers will serve up to six per cent of Australians, mostly in smaller towns and rural areas.  

"Some 31 fixed wireless towers went live around Australia in June, with another 14 to be turned on in coming weeks," Minister Nash said.  

“These fixed wireless towers will service areas stretching from Jurien Bay in WA to Port Clinton in SA, through to Somersby in NSW to Lockyer Bay in Queensland.  

“Fixed wireless delivers super-fast broadband through 1700 fixed wireless towers around the nation. Some 500,000 Australians can now access fixed wireless services and the current maximum speeds of 50 megabits a second download and 20 megabits a second upload will double to 100 megabits a second download and 40 megabits a second upload early next year.  

"Fixed wireless has one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings on the NBN. 

"The fixed wireless roll out is flying along and expected to be mostly finished in 2018. 

“There’s been multiple great announcements in communications for rural, regional and remote Australia recently. 

“Last month I announced a major increase in data allowances to be delivered by the Sky Muster satellite service, with customers soon able to access 100 gigabytes of data at peak times per month. Under Labor, Sky Muster users were set to receive 35 gigabytes a month at peak times."  

Since last week, two thirds of premises outside major urban areas in Australia have been able to order NBN services. 

 ENDS. 

Media Contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@regional.gov.au  

NBN Fixed wireless towers switched on in the past fortnight: 

NSW 
Winders Hill
Lochinvar
Burrell Creek South
Glengarrie West
Tangy Dangy
Somersby
Wyong 

QLD
Glenwood South
Charters Towers South
Lockyer Waters
Cedar Pocket
Buccan
Chambers Flat
Logan Reserve 

SA
Port Clinton
Price
Macclesfield South
Teal Flat
Tanunda
Eudunda
Kapunda
Lewiston East
Roseworthy
Virginia 

WA 
Yabberup
Jurien Bay
Baldivis
Baldivis South
Cardup
Mundijong
Lakelands 

NBN Fixed wireless towers to be switched on in coming weeks: 

NSW
Akolele 

QLD
Glenwood West
Cooktown
Elizabeth Peak
Ocean View
Coominya
Alligator Creek Central
Marlborough Sarina 

SA
Mallala 

WA
Brookton
Upper Swan
Bullsbrook
Wundowie West
Bickley

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