Faster internet speeds through the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is getting closer to happening in Blayney Shire.
The organisation rolling out the network – NBN Co – has just lodged applications with Blayney Shire Council to erect towers to serve rural areas outside Blayney and for the villages of Carcoar, Lyndhurst, Forest Reefs, Mandurama and Neville.
Subject to planning approval, the first fixed wireless NBN services in Blayney shire will be available in 2014.
There are also plans for sites at Newbridge, Mt Macquarie, Millthorpe and Millthorpe South, with three of these on existing facilities.
A NBN Co spokeswoman said the plan was to roll out high speed broadband to Australian homes and businesses using fibre, fixed wireless or satellite technology.
Blayney shire villages will be first cab off the rank with fixed wireless before the town of Blayney, while a long term higher speed satellite service would run once NBN Co launches its satellite in 2015.
Once the NBN’s fixed wireless service is available locally, the wholesale rate for fixed wireless will be 25 megabytes per second download and five megabytes per second upload.
The spokeswoman said: “This is the wholesale rate, so the service that people will get will be a little lower than that. It’s comparable the speeds available over ADSL2+ that people in larger towns and cities take for granted.”
An interim satellite service is – about six megabytes p/s download and a megabyte p/c upload – is available for people who don’t have access to other ‘metro comparable’ broadband speeds, she said.
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