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New towers to rise as NBN rolls in

NEW towers may be built on the Fraser Coast in the next few years when Australia's biggest infrastructure project hits the region.

The National Broadband Network is slowly being rolled out across the country, using several technologies including fixed-line and wireless.

A development application has also been made to the Fraser Coast Regional Council for a 40m single pole tower to be built at Pacific Haven.

The application was lodged by NBN Co on May 26 this year.

It's proposed the tower will house a fixed wireless facility to benefit the Pacific Haven area.

Community relations manager Ryan Williams said all areas of the Fraser Coast could look forward to the NBN.

"We're looking towards the end of next year for the first services being active in the Hervey Bay surrounding areas," he said.

"There is no such thing as somebody who won't be able to access the NBN."

It's expected that more development applications will soon be lodged with the council to either build new towers or use current infrastructure.

The NBN equipment may be able to be mounted on existing buildings such as water or phone towers.

"We choose a facility location that provides the maximum benefit to the maximum number of people," Mr Williams said.

About 60 national telecommunication providers have signed up to provide the NBN to residents- meaning better quality at cheaper prices.

"The overwhelming majority of people are currently having difficulties with their telecommunications," Mr Williams said.

"With more service providers basically what that means to residents is there's more competition - more competitive pricing."

Topics:  hervey bay, maryborough, nbn, towers




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