MEN AT WORK: Workers put the final touches on the new tower at the Goonellabah Media Centre.
MEN AT WORK: Workers put the final touches on the new tower at the Goonellabah Media Centre. Marc Stapelberg

New tower to extend NBN’s reach in Gunalda

CONSTRUCTION has started on a new fixed wireless tower in the Wide Bay, which will extend the NBN to 286 new premises in the Gunalda area, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said yesterday.

"This new tower will deliver a quantum leap in the speed of broadband services available to residents of Gunalda," MrTruss said.

"Once this tower is finished and operational, it will deliver internet speeds of around 25mbps download and 5mbps upload to the community of Gunalda, which is comparable to high-end ADSL2+ services in metropolitan areas.

"These 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 with the poorest coverage, which will benefit many communities around Wide Bay.

"The government is also investing an extra $1.2billion in rural Australia, to ensure that the satellite and fixed wireless networks are able to cope with demand," Mr Truss said.

"The government is serious about delivering its commitment to get the rollout back on track and provide better, faster and cheaper broadband for regional Australians."

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.