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Thu 10 MAYComment
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NBN Co's latest satellite ground station goes outback
Posted on Thursday 10 May 2012 by Matt Dawson
Parkes may have The Dish, but 434km up the road, the outback town of Bourke is to get one of Australia’s latest satellite installations, similar to the installation pictured right.
Bourke, in the far north-west of NSW is the location for NBN Co’s second satellite ground station facility that will deliver high speed broadband to remote communities across Australia.
The satellite ground station gateway will form a key part of NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service, designed to bring broadband at speeds of up to 12 megabits per second to homes, farms and businesses in outback and remote parts of Australia, including communities in the Bourke Shire such as Louth, Gumbalie and Fords Bridge.
Following extensive consultation with Bourke Shire Council, the new facility is planned to be constructed on an existing industrial development, approximately eight kilometres north of the town centre.
Once built, the ground station will comprise a single storey building with two 13-metre-in-diametre satellite dishes. Construction is expected to begin next year with the facility scheduled to be up and running by 2015.
We chose Bourke because it’s ideally located for transmission to our satellites, has the right climate, reliable power and is on the path of NBN’s core fibre transit network – the main fibre transmission lines linking towns and our exchanges.
The Bourke facility will link up with other satellite ground stations across the country to deliver broadband to some of the most isolated communities in Australia by 2015 – including many in Bourke Shire itself. (The township of Bourke is also planned to receive fast broadband via fibre to premises.)
We’re grateful for the support of the Bourke Shire Council. Mayor Andrew Lewis let us know that: “The new NBN ground station is set to give Bourke an economic boost, which is great news for the area and an important initiative that has actively been pursued by Council staff. We welcome NBN Co’s investment in our region and we look forward to playing a part in connecting Australians living in rural and remote parts of the country to the NBN.”
Once the development application is lodged, NBN Co will make more information available about the construction of the site. Community members will then be welcome to make comments and ask questions during the DA process.
In the meantime, while NBN Co is building ground stations around the country and constructing its two high performance satellites for launch in 2015, an Interim Satellite Service is available now to eligible homes and businesses in rural and remote areas. It is designed for those who don’t currently have access to metro-comparable broadband services. Please see www.nbnco.com.au/satellite for full eligibility details, or call our Contact Centre on 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626).
When we talk about speeds delivered over the National Broadband Network, we are referring to the wholesale speed to telephone and internet service providers. The speed you can achieve, and services you can use, on your individual connection will depend on many factors including the services you subscribe to, the software and communication protocols you use, quality of your equipment and connection to your home/business, the broadband plans offered by your telephone or internet provider and how it designs its network to cater for multiple users.