Adam Hourigan

NBN speeds up for some around the region

RELIABLE internet connection could be as close as 18 months away for some Gympie communities, according to NBN Co, the organisation behind Australia's National Broadband rollout.

An informal meeting at Kandanga Memorial Hall yesterday revealed to residents that some regions could be switched on to the fixed wireless network by late next year.

Kandanga and Kilkivan are likely first in line for the network in the region, with communities including Brooloo, Coondoo, Kybong, Carters Ridge, Imbil and Traveston to follow.

A spokesman for the project confirmed this week there would be eight fixed wireless facilities servicing the Gympie region by the time the project is completed in 2015.

Meanwhile, the creation of a fibre optic network for around 15,000 Gympie region premises is expected to begin in March, 2016, with the first areas possibly hooked up by March, 2017.

Premises in Gympie, Rainbow Beach, Bells Bridge and Tin Can Bay will be serviced by the fibre network, after their inclusion in an updated list revealed on Sunday. Dense urban areas will be connected to the fibre optic network, while less dense areas will be hooked up via fixed wireless.

The remaining premises will be serviced by high-speed satellite internet. Fixed wireless internet will be provided to users at speeds of up to 25/5Mbps. The project aims to provide speedy, reliable and affordable broadband internet nationally.

On the list

Areas of Gympie Regional Council included in the National Broadband Network rollout include:

  • Araluen
  • Gympie
  • Cooloola Cove
  • Jones Hill
  • Monkland
  • Southside
  • Victory Heights
  • Kilkivan
  • Brooloo
  • Coondoo
  • Kybong
  • Curra
  • Carters Ridge
  • Imbil
  • Kandanga
  • Traveston
  • Tin Can Bay
  • Rainbow Beach
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