Broadband boost for Riddells Creek and Gisborne South
Up to 775 Victorian homes and businesses in Riddells Creek and Gisborne South now have access to high speed, reliable NBN connectivity following the completion of two new fixed wireless towers.
The towers, one at Gisborne South and the other at the Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve, also continue NBN Co’s commitment to complete the local rollout of the network.
The Riddells Creek tower is a co-location arrangement on a Telstra mobile base station and will deliver fixed wireless broadband to up to 575 premises.
The Gisborne South Fixed Wireless tower will service up to 200 premises in its footprint.
Fixed wireless is well-suited to supporting many regional communities, which can be challenging to serve with fixed-line services due to low population densities and challenging topography.
Residents of Riddells Creek and Gisborne South can also look forward to enjoying faster speeds on NBN fixed wireless services in the future, following the Australian Government’s recent provision of $480 million in funding towards an upgrade of the entire NBN fixed wireless network.
The upgrade is a key component of the Albanese Government’s Better Connectivity for Rural and Regional Australia Plan, which will deliver faster broadband, expand fibre connections and improve safety and productivity by boosting mobile coverage.
For more information on the Australian Government’s NBN rollout, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/media-communications-arts/internet/national-broadband-network
For more information on the Australian Government’s Better Connectivity for Rural and Regional Australia Plan, visit www.alp.org.au/policies/better-connectivity-for-rural-and-regional-australia-plan
Quotes attributable to Federal Communications Minister Michelle Rowland
“The Albanese Government is dedicated to bringing Australians together; from regional and rural Australia, to our inner cities. Our new Better Connectivity for Rural and Regional Australia Plan will ensure regional Australians are connected through faster internet and better mobile coverage.”
“Our plan will deliver tangible benefits to regional Australians already, including those in Riddells Creek and Gisborne South, by improving safety, enhancing connectivity and increasing productivity through cutting-edge broadband connections.”
Quotes attributable to Federal Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell
“For households in our region, improved connectivity and faster speeds will make it easier to work remotely, access essential digital services as well as connect with loved ones no matter where they call home.”
“I am looking forward to seeing how households and businesses across the region can take advantage of an improved broadband service, and seeing the Australian Government’s Better Connectivity for Rural and Regional Australia Plan continue to deliver for communities like ours.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Hawke Sam Rae
“Local businesses will enjoy a range of benefits from improved internet connectivity and the further upgrades to services will help bridge the digital divide between cities and our regions.
“I welcome the Australian Government’s commitment to delivering a strong NBN network for rural, regional, and remote Australians, including through upgrades like this.”