NBN gets switched on this Friday in Gympie
From this Friday, more than 11,000 Gympie residents and businesses will have access to high speed broadband, when the nbn™ fibre to the node network is switched on.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the fibre to the node network has been designed so families and businesses in the region could gain access to high speed internet sooner and at less cost to taxpayers.
"From Friday, over 11,000 premises in parts of Gympie, Monkland, Southside, Jones Hill and Banks Pocket will be able to make the switch to superfast broadband," Mr Truss said.
"This is exciting news for Gympie as more parts of the region will be able to connect to services over the nbn™ and start experiencing the benefits of fast and reliable broadband.
"As well as the obvious entertainment benefits, the nbn™ will transform education and health services and improve all aspects of online service for local businesses.
"Be it e-commerce, sending and receiving files, accessing online services, internet and data security, cloud based sharing or communicating with staff and customers, all aspects of digital communication over the nbn will be faster and more efficient."
nbn Corporate Affairs Manager for Queensland Kylie Lindsay said nbn was working towards 90 per cent of FTTN users getting at least 50/20Mbps, but trials showed users located less than 400 metres from a cabinet were getting speeds of around 100/40Mbps.
"This is great news for the Gympie area as access to fast broadband is designed to provide a range of benefits for homes and businesses such as improved opportunities to work from home, better access to online education tools and more options for on-demand entertainment*.
"There is no doubt that as the world continues to change, our lives will become increasingly reliant on technology and the nbn™ network is helping to ensure that Australia keeps pace with other nations," Ms Lindsay said.
Mr Truss said the nbn Fixed Wireless network is currently under construction to service a further 3960 premises around Amamoor, Canina, Cedar Pocket, Chatsworth East, Cooroibah, David Cootharaba, Glastonbury, Glenwood, Goomboorian, Greens Creek, Kandanga, Kybong, Lower Wonga East, Schreibers, The Palms, Tuchekoi and Widgee. Construction is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2016 on fixed wireless technology for a further 870 premises around Bells Bridge and Curra.
More information on the nbn™ and rollout areas is available at: http://www.nbnco.com.au/maps