nbn has successfully launched its first broadband satellite into orbit. The Sky Muster was launched 36,000kms into space from Guiana Space Centre in South America.
The 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 CEO, Bill Morrow, said the satellite will provide access to fast broadband for the parts of Australia that need it most.
“With the launch of Sky Muster, we’re one step closer to changing the digital face of our nation.
“The ability to video-conference friends and family, study courses online and visit doctors from your lounge room will all be possible in areas which have traditionally struggled to access basic internet services like online banking and shopping.
“Many homes and businesses in regional and rural Australia still rely on dial-up level speeds and have little or no access to a commercial broadband service – this satellite will help to close the divide and ensure no-one gets left behind.”