|Telstra was busy installing a new telecommuncations tower on|
Downie Hill near the New Norfolk Golf Club last week. This
is not thought to be part of the NBN.
The NBN is the fast broadband network being installed across Australia. It will provide high-speed internet access delivered by satellite, fixed wireless, copper wires and fibre-optics.
Much of the Derwent Valley already has access to NBN fixed-wireless towers operating at New Norfolk, Molesworth, Lachlan, Rosegarland, Westerway, National Park, Maydena, Ouse and Hamilton. These towers have a capacity to serve around 2000 premises.
A further 3000 customers in New Norfolk and Lawitta will be served by the fixed-line NBN service now being installed throughout the town area. This service is referred to as fibre-to-the-node and makes use of existing copper telephone lines to connect to one of the many "nodes" now being installed around the town. These are the greenish cabinets being installed on concrete plinths.
The more remote areas of the Derwent Valley will be able to access broadband internet services via the NBN's SkyMuster satellite service. Speeds achieved over the NBN will depend on the technology over which services are delivered to your premises. The fixed-line service is expected to be available in New Norfolk by October.
NBN spokesman Russell Kelly told the New Norfolk News that connecting to the NBN via fibre-to-the-node would be much easier than the stories people might have heard about earlier fibre-to-the-premises connections.
"Whereas previously people needed a number of appointments, a box on the outside of the house, a box on the inside of the house, and potentially their front yard dug up, or conduit on the side of their house, the new process uses the existing copper phone connection – so a new modem and potentially a new phone is all that is required," Mr Kelly said.
Click www.nbnco.com.au to find out when you should be able to join the NBN.