Speedy internet on its way to remote areas
PEOPLE living in remote parts of the Fraser Coast will soon have access to internet speeds 10 times faster than some of the services they have now.
The new NBN Sky Muster satellite will be available for customers by the end of April, giving more than 2000 people living in the region's rural areas access to super-fast satellite broadband internet; delivering speeds up to 25Mbpson the new service.
Areas around Biggenden, Gayndah and south west of Hervey Bay are some of the most intensely populated eligible areas for satellite in the country, although there are thousands of potential satellite customers right through the Fraser Coast region.
For these eligible customers in mountainous areas many have previously had to put up with patchy, slow internet services.
When the satellite roll-out begins, people in regional areas will have access to high speed services that are still not available in some major capital city suburbs.
Compared to the ADSL internet users in metro areas, the new satellite broadband soon to be used by people on the Fraser Coast will by three times faster.
The NBN Sky Muster satellite service will replace other internet service, including any existing satellite service via the NBN Interim satellite.
This means internet users will need to choose a Sky Muster satellite broadband plan, and put in an application to get in the queue.
CEO of Harbour ISP Charles Tym said customers should check their eligibility and get an application in fast, as the queue for installations would be on a first-in first-served basis.
He said the new satellite was a "revolution in internet connectivity for the bush".
"People have been waiting for a long time for this, and now that it's just about here, we're predicting that there will be huge demand," Mr Tym said.