Increasingly people turn to the Internet for all kinds of reasons whether it’s to communicate with friends and work colleagues, for information and advice, to shop, or to pay bills and chat with people all over the world. Now a normal part of most people’s daily lives it is a technology we feel lost without and we have come to expect a good, fast service.
Most of us take our internet service for granted and get frustrated and angry if it’s slower than normal, however for those who live in remote and isolated areas, such as the outback of Australia, it can be difficult to find a service, let alone get a strong signal – as internet usage grows so is the demand for access to a reliable, high-speed broadband network.
Australia is just one country that due to its vast size has many residents living in remote locations, where you have mobile Drs and dentists who travel to rural homes to check on patients, often by helicopter. For these people the internet is extremely important, allowing them to communicate with work, have access to information, and stay in touch with family and friends.
New to Australia is the NBN, a high-speed telecommunications network that promises to give every home and business a chance to get a fast internet, in practical terms it means that everyone who wants a broadband connection 24 hours will have access to one, no matter where they live in the country.
Causing a lot of interest and excitement nationwide it’s an affordable option that also has great plans for the future, acting as a platform for the delivery of TV, movies and high definition video telephony.
Most customers will be connected to the NBN through fibre-optic cables capable of delivering speeds of 100 Megabits per second, however as some places are just too far to connect physically by cable, then fixed wireless or satellite will be made available.
The technology behind the broadband satellite service is the latest there is, and home-owners, small businesses and indigenous communities out in the sticks in will have access through one of 3 types of technologies, the most common of which will be fibre optic cables. If the distance is too far for cables then the alternative is to connect by advanced wireless technology, capable of delivering speeds of 12 Megabits per second, or satellite technology.
The great thing about NBN satellite for domestic users is that they’ll have a much improved access to businesses, health, education and government services that people in metropolitan areas take for granted. And improved access to government health and education services, with the possibility of being able to have a consultation with a specialist and the local doctor at the same time via video conference, with no need for people to even leave home, time and money is saved.
Access to fast broadband will allow more time to watch, listen or play with less time waiting. Entertainment options at your fingertips, if you want to play games via the internet, watch movies or stream video and music, and communication by video conferencing, such as Skype.
Access to NBN broadband plans will also be useful for those running a small business remotely but who still need to keep in touch with business associates or suppliers, there’ll be more opportunity to hold meetings and mediate with suppliers and agents across the country online, saving time and costs associated with travelling, as well as the chance to increase productivity and the ability to compete on a global scale.
If you live in a geographically isolated area and currently have no alternate access to broadband services and are interested in finding out more, information can be obtained from registered NBN satellite providers, or register online to see if you are eligible.