Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has announced that Gympie (QLD) has been fast-tracked for broadband upgrades thanks to a joint venture between NBN Co and Telstra.

Gympie will be the first part of the Wide Bay electorate to be connected to the Fibre to the Node (FTTN) Broadband system.

“The FTTN technology to be delivered to Gympie has the potential to deliver a top download speed around 25 times faster than the average fixed line broadband currently available to Australian households,” Mr Truss said.

“For perspective, this new technology can deliver up to 100mbps download and 40 mbps upload. This is quick enough to upload a three minute YouTube video in 42 seconds, compared to the 20 minutes it would take under current ADSL connections.

“About 50 new wireless towers are also being constructed in the Wide Bay electorate to deliver wireless broadband, especially to smaller centres.

“These projects will help fast-track the NBN switch-on in Gympie and other areas around Wide Bay. Eligible areas in Gympie will be able to connect to the new high speed services next year.

“The FTTN project in Gympie will involve cooperation between the NBN Co and Telstra to develop design, planning and construction procedures that will be used to rollout the NBN in other areas.”

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