NBN Skymuster satellite to benefit rural Australia

Media Release from Barnaby Joyce.

FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said today [1 October 2015] is a great day for regional and rural Australians with the launch of the National Broadband Network’s Skymuster satellite from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.

Arianespace will be launching satellites for two major countries in the southern hemisphere to enhance their satellite telecommunications services – Sky Muster for the Australian Government’s NBN Co, and ARSAT2 for the Argentine operator ARSAT.

Sky Muster will be the 517th satellite to be launched by Arianespace and will be the first satellite orbited by Arianespace for the Australian wholesaler NBN. Mr Joyce said NBN’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at least cost to taxpayers.

“NBN’s primary role is to enable Australia’s greater participation in the digital economy and to help bridge the digital divide – between young and old, city and country, and between Australia and the rest of the world.

“Sky Muster is designed to enable NBN to deliver broadband services to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians. He said Thursday 1 October 2015 is the launch date of the NBN’s first satellite and can be viewed from 6.30am on NBN’s website at: http://www.nbnco.com.au/skymuster Mr Joyce said the NBN Co was working hard with its programme of installing wireless NBN towers across the Electorate.

He said the recent commissioning of seven new Fixed Wireless towers in the New England Electorate, reached about 1,700 premises, boosting investment in this fast broadband technology to be more than an estimated $10 million.

Mr Joyce said the new towers to go live were on the Armidale-Grafton Road, at Invergowrie and Rockvale Road and at Bundarra. Two more towers expecting completion were at Inverell West, Delungra, with the final new tower established at Willow Tree in the Liverpool Plains Shire. Mr Joyce said the new towers will join 25 Fixed Wireless towers already in place.

He said there were 16 towers in the Tamworth Regional Council Local Government Area, including Hallsville, Kootingal, Attunga, Calala Lane, Bendemeer, Kingswood Reservoir, Tamworth Country Rd, Daruka, Nundle, Moonbi, Moore Creek South, Calala South, Byrnes Street, Manilla, Barraba and Barraba South.

Other centres in the Electorate with commissioned Fixed Wireless towers include Tenterfield and Wallangarra, Quirindi and Wallabadah, Gilgai Oval, Inverell and Inverell South. He said there was also a tower at Uralla and at Martins Lookout in the Glen Innes Severn Shire Council.

He said NBN Co’s Fixed Wireless service offers wholesale download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and wholesale upload speeds of up to five megabits per second to telephone and Internet service providers.

He said those premises which are unable to be served by Fixed Wireless should be able to receive NBN Co’s long term satellite service when it becomes available. Visit www.nbnco.com.au/satellite for more information.

Mr Joyce said as a further note of interest he provided a link to a BBC documentary on how satellites are built. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fGpCRHV7Tg

“It is fascinating to see just how complex it is to get a satellite constructed and launched into space!”

For more information go to http://www.barnabyjoyce.com.au/

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