The push to digitally connect regional Australia has been given a nudge forward as five sites across the country are hooked up to wireless broadband on the back of the NBN roll out.Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced the follow-up on the NBN Co’s earlier June contract with Ericsson to create a 4G fixed wireless network today.
This follow up has seen sites set up in select communities around Ballarat, Victoria; Darwin, NT; Geraldton, WA; Tamworth, NSW and Toowoomba, Queensland, with peak speeds of 12 Mbps per second.
The fledgling roll-out comes amid fresh bouts of criticism from the Federal opposition, with Malcolm Turnbull warning that the NBN would inflate internet prices.
His argument is that monopolisation of the NBN Co’s wholesale of its network would result in anti-competitive pricing for consumers.
Turnbull added that the Coalition would open up existing NBN assets to the private sector for wholesaling if elected.
Under the current plan, the NBN is set to deliver a fibre-optic cable network to 90 per cent of the population within the next decade.