Internet black spots no more

KYBYBOLITE and Lucindale residents are excited to hear they're next in line for the National Broadband Network.

The installation of a fixed wireless tower in each town has started and will ultimately give locals access to a high speed internet connection.

The process will take a little while though - around 12 months from the start of construction until residents and business owners can order the NBN retail services from their telephone or internet service providers.

Kybybolite farmer Andrew Shepherd said he was "over the moon" at the announcement.

"We have wireless internet connection at the moment and have heaps of trouble with it. The closer you get to the town the worse it probably is. 

"The internet here is that bad that a lot of people are still on satellite. Really for this type of area, being so close to Naracoorte, Hynam and Apsley, that kind of technology is ancient."

He said the current situation was detrimental to his business which relies on it heavily.

Just last week he woke up to six missed calls from the day before, several of them work-related.

"One was from a truck driver and because I missed the call I missed out on his business," he said. "I can literally see the (NBN) tower going up from my house...it's on a high spot just on the edge of town.

"I think it will be very beneficial, not just for us in Kyby but the surrounding areas too."

Mr Shepherd said he hoped poor phone service would be the next issue addressed, hoping that Telstra might be able to use the tower also.

NBN Co spokesperson Joe Dennis said the fixed wireless service would bring better broadband to the bush.

"For decades rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications," he said.

"The fixed wireless service is designed to provide access to internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities currently take for granted.

"Fast broadband can help deliver improved access to health, education and entertainment."

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed the announcement as a significant win for the communities whose current access to internet services was inadequate. 

"This is excellent news an estimated 620 homes and businesses within these service areas who will soon have access to the superior internet service," he said. 

"The rollout of fixed wireless internet technology is critical to addressing digital connectivity in rural and regional Australia."

The total number of fixed wireless towers currently under construction in Barker is now at 13.

How does the NBN work?

Before the network equipment is installed in a home or business, a service validation test is carried out.

Then the NBN equipment can be put in. It is currently free, but residents should ask their preferred service provider if they have any other fees. 

Once up and going, fixed wireless services are delivered by radio communications via antennas that transmit a signal direct to a small outdoor antenna.

Copper phone lines will remain in place to continue to provide a land line telephone service. 

The end user experience, including the speeds achieved, depends on factors including equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how the user's service provider designs its network.

The properties which are unable to be served by fixed wireless may be able to receive NBN Co's long term satellite service when it becomes available. 

For more information go here.

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