The National Broadband Network is finally in sight for Inverell, with construction expected to begin at the end of February next year.
Over 5000 homes and business will be connected, and residents should be able to order their service from September-November 2018.
The town will will be connected through a mix of fibre to the node and fibre to the curb technology. The NBN’s fixed wireless and Sky Muster satellite service are also available in the region for more isolated homes.
NBN spokesperson Marcela Balart noted that speeds on the network are affected by a range of factors including the technology used, equipment quality, software, broadband plans, signal reception and the age of the devices being used to connect to the internet.
She said that as a new technology, the NBN has experienced a few “teething issues” with the Sky Muster satellite, “but we over the past year have been working really hard to address those”. Complaints have been made of slow service during peak usage hours. The data packages available for satellite users will be increased from October.
Tips for connecting to the NBN
- Making the switch to the NBN isn’t automatic. Contact your preferred retail service provider (e.g. Telstra, Optus) to order a service over network and arrange for installation.
- Visit the NBN website when the network will be available in your home. If it is not yet available, register your email address and the NBN will notify you when the network will be available.
- Once NBN’s fixed line network is ready, homes and businesses have 18 months to make the switch before most existing landline phone and internet services are replaced by services over the new network.
- NBN is a wholesaler which means they build, maintain and operate the NBN network. They do not sell directly to the public.
- Every home and business in Australia is expected to have access to the NBN by 2020.
- With the NBN, there will be more than one speed available in broadband packages.