Residential and business premises in a number of areas across areas in Victoria and Western Australia have been connected to the National Broadband Network.

In Victoria, regional communities around Shepparton and Benalla can now switch on to the network.

NBN Co’s fixed-wireless network is now available to more than 2,350 families and businesses in the following communities:

  • Broken Creek
  • Goomalibee
  • Tallygaroopna
  • Baddaginnie
  • Invergordon
  • Tungamah
  • Benalla South
  • Katandra West
  • Warrenbayne
  • Bunbartha
  • Kialla East
  • Wilby
  • Chesney Vale
  • Lemnos
  • Winton
  • Congupna
  • Orrvale
  • Wunghnu
  • Devenish
  • Pine Lodge
  • Yabba North
  • Dookie
  • Shepparton East
  • Zeerust
  • Grahamvale
  • Shepparton North
  • Goorambat
  • St James
 

NBN Co spokesperson Trent Williams said fixed-wireless services will mean faster broadband for farms, residents and businesses in the area.

The network has also been connected in the Melbourne inner-suburb of Carlton, now passing 2,450 homes and businesses in the area around Nicholson, Victoria, Rathdown and Lygon Streets, with nearly 400 premises able to order a service immediately.

Professor Thas Nirmalathas, Associate Director of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society welcomed the news that the NBN has arrived in Carlton and the opportunities it will bring.

“Today is very exciting for local homes and businesses who are some of the first to receive the NBN in Australia and the third metropolitan area in Victoria,” Professor Nirmalathas said.

“We look forward to witnessing the digital advancements the NBN will deliver to the various public interest premises, such as the University of Melbourne, but also the benefits of being able to download a movie in minutes or having all the family online at once,” he said.

South Perth homes and businesses can now switch on to the National Broadband Network which passes 2,195 homes and businesses in the area, with nearly 150 premises able to order a service immediately.

The Meadow Springs area in WA has also been connected.

The network now passes nearly 1,250 homes and businesses in the area boarded by Manduarah Road to the west, Meadow Springs Drive to the south, Mandjoogoordap Drive in the east and Badgerup Avenue in the north, with 1,110 premises able to order a service as of writing.

The Chairman of iPeel, Rhys Williams today welcomed the news the NBN has arrived in Meadow Springs and the opportunities it will bring.

“The NBN is an enabler for our community. It’s an opportunity for Mandurah to embrace innovation, and propel our businesses into a global market. To be one of the first cities in Western Australia to go live gives us an opportunity for competitive advantage, and now it’s up to us as a community to embrace that opportunity,” Mr Williams said.

Michelle is a freelance journalist and editor who, as well as covering all the latest and breaking industry news, is a gun proofreader and editor who never misses a trick.

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