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Expansion of fixed wireless broadband continues

34 new NBN sites are due to go live in August 2017 across Australia, adding to the existing network of 1700 fixed wireless towers.

The news sites are located in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria.

Minister for Regional Communications, Fiona Nash, welcomed the continued momentum of the NBN fixed wireless rollout, following the activation of 36 new fixed wireless towers by nbn in July 2017.

Fixed wireless, which has the highest satisfaction rating of any technology on the NBN, will serve around five per cent of Australians, mostly in smaller towns and rural areas.

“The new fixed wireless towers will service areas stretching from Nannup in Western Australia to Benambra in eastern Victoria, through to Kulnura in NSW to Finch Hatton in Queensland,” Ms Nash said.

“The fixed wireless rollout is flying along and expected to be mostly finished in 2018. Fixed wireless has the highest customer satisfaction rating on the NBN.

“I also recently announced extra data for Sky Muster satellite users which was applauded by all relevant groups including the National Farmers’ Federation and the Rural and Remote Broadband Coalition. This follows the activation of the second Sky Muster satellite and the improvement in stability in Sky Muster with 90 per cent less outages in April than in September last year.”

Fixed wireless delivers super-fast broadband through 1,700 fixed wireless towers around the nation. The current maximum speeds of 50 megabits a second (Mbps) download and 20 Mbps upload available to fixed wireless premises are set to double early next year to 100 Mbps download and 40 Mbps upload.

nbn expects the fixed wireless network to be mostly complete by 2018.

In late June 2017, Ms Nash announced a major increase in data allowances to be delivered by the Sky Muster satellite service, with customers soon able to access 100 gigabytes of data at peak times per month.

Since July 2017, two thirds of premises outside major urban areas in Australia have been able to order NBN services.

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