Saturday, April 23, 2016

Faster internet spreading through the Valley

THE National Broadband Network (NBN) has been extended in the Derwent Valley with the commissioning of a new tower at Mount Rivulet near Sorell Creek, serving about 300 homes.

NBN spokesman Russell Kelly said the Derwent Valley was already well served with NBN fixed-wireless towers operating at Glenlusk, Lachlan, Magra, Rosegarland, Westerway, National Park, Maydena, Ouse and Hamilton. Those towers have a capacity to serve about 1900 customers and another is being constructed near Mt Dromedary.

The capacity available through those towers has recently been upgraded, allowing broadband speeds of up to 50 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up, Mr Kelly said. Meanwhile fixed-line rollout began last month in New Norfolk and Lawitta – eventually covering around 3000 customers.

"And later this year, NBN  launches the Sky Muster satellite service – giving access to Tasmanians further afield, including the more remote areas of the Derwent Valley, Midlands and Central Highlands," Mr Kelly said.

“We are aware that hundreds of people in regional Tasmania don’t know they have access to NBN fixed wireless services so there is no better time to find out by checking the website.”

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