NBN work starts at Dundathu and Tinana West

BUILDING has started on new fixed wireless facilities at Dundathu and Tinana West which will extend the NBN, Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss says.

He said the new fixed wireless towers would deliver a quantum leap in the speed of broadband services available to those areas.

Mr Truss said it was expected broadband and phone services would be able to be connected over the NBN from phone companies and internet providers within a year.

The NBN would update residents when construction was completed and services became available, he said.

"Once construction is finished and these towers are operational, they will deliver internet speeds of around 25mbps download and 5mbps upload to these areas, which is comparable to high-end ADSL2+ services in metropolitan areas," Mr Truss said.

"The towers use advanced 4G technology, which is fast enough to allow local users to stream multiple high definition videos simultaneously.

"The Coalition Government's NBN rollout prioritises areas with the poorest coverage, which will benefit many communities within Wide Bay.

"The speed of the NBN rollout has increased markedly since the Coalition Government took office, and trials have started to test other technologies, which will dramatically lower the cost and time it will take to deliver fast broadband to all Australians.

"The Government's changes to the NBN rollout will save $32 billion, will see upgrades delivered four years sooner than under Labor and avoid Internet retail bills increasing by up to $43 a month.

"The Coalition Government is also investing an extra $1.2 billion in rural Australia, to ensure that the satellite and fixed wireless networks are able to cope with demand.

"These figures demonstrate that the Government is serious about delivering its commitment to get the rollout back on track and provide better, faster and cheaper broadband for regional Australians."

For more information on the NBN rollout visit www.nbnco.com.au/rollout or phone 1800 687 626.



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