Satellite broadband on the Kennedy horizon: Macdonald

More than 1423 interim satellite users in Kennedy are now closer to fast, reliable broadband following yesterday’s successful launch of the first of nbn’s two world-class communication satellites. The nbn’s two high-capacity satellites will use the latest technology to deliver speeds of up to 25 megabits per second, which is the same as that offered by fixed line ADSL2.

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the launch as another step in the government’s commitment in bringing services in regional communities into alignment with services in metropolitan centres.

“Yesterday’s lauch went off without a hitch,” said Senator Macdonald.

“This Government recognises the challenges created by distance and remoteness and providing stable internet connectivity to these communities will address some of the problems that they face.

“During my recent 8 day road trip to North Western Queensland the lack of real broadband services was raised regularly by community leaders I spoke with”

“The launch of the satellite is a positive first step although many westerners want to experience the service before giving it a tick”

“The Government is determined to maximise the value of these satellites by delivering content in the most innovative and efficient ways, and by prioritising uses of high social value such as distance education and e-health.”

When operational, nbn’s satellite broadband service will cover more than 400,000 homes and businesses across Australia. The transfer of users to the new service will occur over a period of around 9 to 12 months.

The second nbn satellite is scheduled for launch in early 2016 and users will be able to connect broadband and voice services from around April next year following beam commissioning and product testing.

“Families and businesses across Kennedy and Northern Australia are going to benefit greatly from being better connected to the rest of the country, and the whole world,” said Senator Macdonald.

To see the launch and learn more about nbn’s satellite broadband service visit:

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