Strike up the band: it’s here but there’s mixed signals on NBN rollout

FASTER BOOKINGS: Australian National Field Days administration manager Jane West says NBN wireless coverage will help staff plan the event more efficiently. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1002nbn1WITH more than 750 premises now ready to join the National Broadband Network, some are happy to be included in the rollout, while others are disappointed to miss out.

Member for Calare John Cobb announced four fixed wireless towers – Orange west, March, Windera and Molong west – were ready for service.

The towers will cover Canobolas, the eastern side of Nashdale, Garra, parts of Molong, Windera, Belgravia, Borenore and parts of Summer Hill Creek, giving residents in those areas download speeds of 25 megabits a second and upload speeds of five megabits a second.

ADSL speeds currently average about four megabits a second nationally.

The Australian National Field Days site currently relies on ADSL and administration manager Jane West said Telstra had even built a tower in recent years to give the site 4G coverage in the week leading up to the event and the week of the event itself.

“It gave us enough wireless and mobile capacity on site to get us through the event,” she said.

Ms West said the office had not yet received word about the NBN becoming available, but would inquire about a permanent faster service.

“It would be huge because we run four computers here and all of our business is pretty much done by email – it would speed it up,” she said.

She said faster internet would allow the office to send aerial photos of the site to clients much quicker, allowing for faster bookings.

Wireless coverage now extends to Orange as far as the Northern Distributor Road at Burrendong Way and Ophir Road, however the North Orange residential area and the Orange township have not yet been listed to receive the technology.

For Leonie Connolly, who operates an eyelash extension business in Orange, missing out meant dealing longer with a blackspot.

“On phones it’s fine, but Wi-Fi in the house is absolutely terrible,” she said.

Ms Connolly said she needed internet access to deal with suppliers and handle invoices and was often forced to use her mobile phone data – she even had the telephone wiring in her home replaced to no avail.

“I’m paying for the cost of Wi-Fi at home and on my phone, when I should be able to rely on my Wi-Fi,” she said.

“We should have good service areas all through town, it would make life much easier.”

Orange is not alone in on missing out on the rollout so far – Molong, Canowindra and Cowra are all surrounded by active wireless coverage or coverage under construction, with no rollout yet flagged for their centres.

John Cobb said in a statement the federal government was committed to providing a minimum level of broadband services.

“Each area will be upgraded on a needs basis, with the more remote areas upgraded first,” he said.

“After thorough investigation, the outskirts of Orange were deemed to need NBN more than the township which already has good access to the internet.”

So far, construction on 18 towers has started, with six completed.

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