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December 21, 2016

More than 6000 homes and businesses in Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Beach, Lake Bunga, Kalimna and Metung will next year have access to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said construction of the new fixed-line network would begin in the new year, providing 6300 premises in Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Beach, Lake Bunga, Kalimna and Metung with faster and more reliable internet access.

Mr Chester said the NBN would open up a range of new opportunities for locals.

“There will be benefits for small businesses, students who study online and people who rely on the internet to stay in touch with family and friends,” Mr Chester said.

Final network designs for Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Beach, Lake Bunga, Kalimna and Metung are now complete, meaning that soon local residents will see NBN subcontractors connecting the area with new high-speed broadband technology.

“Having reliable access to fast internet is becoming a basic requirement of our everyday lives and the NBN will deliver this to residents in regional areas,” Mr Chester said.

Homes and business in Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Beach, Lake Bunga, Kalimna and Metung will be connected to the NBN using fibre to the node (FTTN) technology.

FTTN offers average wholesale broadband speeds of around 70 megabits per second (Mbps), with many premises able to access speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

The NBN will ensure that at least 90 per cent of the fixed-line footprint will have access to wholesale download speeds of 50 Mbps – allowing at least 10 home devices to connect to the internet simultaneously.

“The Coalition Government’s mixed-technology roll-out of the NBN is being done in the fastest and most affordable way,” Mr Chester said.

“Already, there are more than 31,000 premises in the electorate of Gippsland ready to connect to the NBN. By September 2018, more than 60,000 homes and businesses in Gippsland will be ready for the NBN or their connection will be under construction.”

More information on how to connect to the NBN is available at www.nbnco.com.au.

 

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