Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, has announced construction on several new fixed wireless facilities to deliver the NBN to residents and businesses in Wide Bay, QLD.

“These new fixed wireless towers will deliver a quantum leap in the speed of broadband services available to more than 1220 premises in the Southside, Tamaree South, Carters Ridge and Araluen North areas in and around Gympie,” Mr Truss said.

“Once construction is finished and these towers are operational, they will deliver internet speeds of around 25mbps download and 5mbps upload to these areas, which is comparable to high-end ADSL2+ services in metropolitan areas. The towers use advanced 4G technology, which is fast enough to allow local users to stream multiple high definition videos simultaneously.”

“The Coalition Government’s NBN rollout prioritises areas such as those in the Gympie region, which have the poorest coverage,” he said.

“Since the election, the number of active broadband connections in Australia on the NBN has more than doubled.

“The Coalition Government is investing an extra $1.2 billion in rural Australia, so that we can ensure the satellite and fixed wireless networks are able to cope with demand.

“The Government’s changes to the NBN rollout will deliver upgrades up to four years sooner, and avoid internet retail bills increasing by up to 80 per cent,” Mr Truss said.

It is expected that broadband and phone services will be able to be connected over the NBN from phone companies and internet providers within 12 months.

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