Cathy McGowan: Member for Indi

More than 2200 premises to benefit from NBN fixed wireless tower construction in Indi

November 17, 2014
Contact: Simon Crase

More than 2200 premises in Indi will soon have connection to the Federal Government’s NBN, with new construction underway across the North East.  

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, welcomed news today that progress was being made with another 11 fixed wireless towers (see list below) under construction.

“The NBN rollout is picking up steam in Indi. This is great news for householders who want better internet speeds, and small business owners needing improved capability to be able to promote and grow their enterprises,” Ms McGowan said.

“This is delivering on my election commitment to work with the Government to fix the telecommunications problems in Indi. My office is constantly receiving calls from the public wanting to know what the full rollout plan is for Indi. I will continue to represent the people’s needs to Government as this infrastructure program continues.”

NBN tower construction (maps can be found at www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map)

 

Wireless Service are name

Site name

Approx premises count

Corowa

Rutherglen

225

Chiltern

Chiltern

97

Chiltern

Springhurst

215

Mansfield

Mansfield Hill

66

Mansfield

Merrijig

201

Mansfield

The Paps

215

Myrtleford

Yackandandah

147

Wangaratta

Glenrowan

390

Wangaratta

Milawa

415

Wangaratta

Wangaratta South

160

Wodonga

Baranduda

73

Ms McGowan also believes the NBN wireless tower installations across rural and regional Australia can help solve the mobile phone black spot problems. Not only can mobile phone transmitters can be placed on NBN wireless towers but also the fixed wire network that links them can be used to connect mobile phone towers outside the NBN network.

“Now the NBN rollout is underway, I’m working closely with Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and councils on sharing facilities,” Ms McGowan said.

NBN Co. is currently investigating a commercial backhaul product. Ms McGowan urges NBN Co. and the Government to prioritise this process to give mobile network companies the best opportunity to access this NBN infrastructure as part of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.


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