Sky Muster launches internet into regional communities across the North


High speed broadband is now available for nearly 13,000 premises across Kennedy following the launch of the national Sky Muster satellite.

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the official launch of the Sky Muster broadband service, which allows internet users in regional and rural areas outside the coverage areas of the nbn fixed line and fixed wireless to access fast and affordable internet.

“The tyranny of distance, which became an unpassable gulf under Labor’s mismanagement, is finally being conquered, thanks to the Coalition Government,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said an estimated 12, 794 homes and businesses in Kennedy can now begin to connect to a reliable internet service through the Sky Muster service, which offers download speeds of up to 25 Megabits per second (Mbps), and upload speeds of up to 5Mbps.

The Australian Government has invested $2billion in two advanced Ka-band satellites and a network of ground stations which make up the Sky Muster service.

Each service requires a professional installation of a new receiver dish and indoor modem. Sky Muster broadband installers are being trained so that the total number of connections each month can be increased from 5,000 to 10,000 or more over time. Customers are being advised that due to demand, there may be an initial delay in getting a dish installed.

A variety of different broadband plans are available from providers and pricing compares with current international and local commercial satellite and mobile internet plans.

“Because of the Turnbull Government’s billion dollar investment in the nbn and $160 million investment in the Mobile Black Spots programme, communications of a standard enjoyed by those living in metropolitan areas are now available to those living in rural and regional communities, many of which are located throughout Northern Australia.

For more information on eligibility and retailers, visit www.nbnco.com.au or freecall nbn on 1800 687 626.

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