Rural broadband lobby Better Internet for Rural, Regional & Remote Australia (BIRRR) has welcomed a $750 million injection into upgrading NBN wireless infrastructure.
With $480 million from the federal government as well as $270 million from its own funds, NBN Co will upgrade fixed wireless links to 5G, expand the fixed wireless footprint deeper into the Sky Muster satellite footprint and readjust plan allocations for Sky Muster users.
The Better Internet for Rural, Regional & Remote Australia (BIRRR) called the investment “transformative” for regional users.
The organization singled out the removal of the Sky Muster measure except between 4 p.m. and midnight, extended Sky Muster data allowances to 90 GB per month and extended the range of some fixed wireless towers from 14 km to 29 km.
BIRRR co-founder Kristy Sparrow called the package “transformative for Australians in the region”.
“Future-proofing connectivity in RRR areas by adopting and funding solutions that plan for future growth and investment in our regions will ensure that RRR regions are not disadvantaged due to their population and postcode “, she said.
Sparrow noted that NBN Sky Muster Plus users will be able to use their connections freely for most of the day for whatever they need to do online for the first time.
Dr Rachel Hay of James Cook University is the data analyst for BIRRR.
Hay said: “BIRRR submitted a long list of recommendations to improve regional connectivity in our Regional Telecommunications Review (RTIRC) 2021 submission and we are delighted to see some of our wish lists come to fruition.”