High-speed broadband rollout announced.November 15, 2012 4:16am
The National Broadband Network could be in parts of Mitchell and Strathbogie shires from late next year - but exactly where is still undecided.
NBN Co announced last week it would work with the local governments to ‘‘identify appropriate locations for fixed wireless network infrastructure’’ in both shires.
NBN Co community relations adviser Tony Gibbs said ‘‘fixed wireless aims to deliver speeds and services that city people take for granted’’.
‘‘With services delivered over the NBN you can download movies in minutes, enjoy video calls with fewer drop outs, and get the whole family on line at once.’’
The fixed wireless network was designed to offer internet service providers with wholesale access speeds of up to 12Mbps, with plans for higher speeds to become available in the future, Mr Gibbs said.
Unlike a mobile broadband service, each fixed wireless facility was designed to serve a specific number of premises.
‘‘It is expected that this will result in a more reliable and consistent service, because your speed will generally not be affected by the number of people moving in and out of the area,’’ Mr Gibbs said.
The fixed wireless and satellite networks are for communities with low population density where it is impractical or uneconomical to rollout fibre optic cable.
Fixed wireless services are delivered by radio communications via antennae that transmit a signal direct to a small outdoor antenna on a home or business.
A standard installation of network equipment, including an outdoor antenna and a network termination device will be installed free of charge.
Before the network equipment is installed, a service validation test will be carried out. Copper phone lines will remain in place to provide a telephone service.
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The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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