nbn’s new Sky Muster satellite service, which is scheduled to launch in mid 2016, had its first demonstration at the ENEX Test Lab in Brunswick, Victoria.
The Sky Muster satellite is one of the world’s most advanced communication satellites and will play a critical role in providing fast broadband access to around 400,000 Australian homes and businesses.
nbn successfully launched the satellite into orbit in October 2015.
The demonstration session was lead by nbn Executive General Manager of Fixed Wireless and Satellite, Gavin Williams, and Program Director Satellite, Matt Dawson.
Media outlets and technology journalists were the first to see the Sky Muster demonstrate layer-3 speeds of 25Mbps download and 4Mbps upload – which is just short of the maximum 25/5Mbps wholesale speeds that will be available on the service.
During the demonstration, Sky Muster delivered content from popular consumer websites including YouTube, Facebook, Google Maps and Skype video-calling as well as web browsing on a range of popular sites including online banking and weather forecasting sites.
Mr Williams said, “We are delighted with the progress that we are making towards the planned launch of Sky Muster commercial services in the next couple of months,
“Rural and remote Australians will be able to access fast and reliable internet through their phone and internet provider in the bush, via the Sky Muster service.”
In the coming weeks nbn plans to launch end-user trials to around 200 premises in regional Victoria to conduct further testing of the service ahead of the full commercial launch.