NBN has launched its Sky Muster wholesale broadband satellite service, advising today that it is now being sold by retailers.The service will deliver fast broadband access to around 400,000 rural, regional and remote Australians, bringing broadband to areas that have never had it before.
The Sky Muster satellite launched into space last October, with NBN stating that the satellite along with 10 NBN ground stations “have undergone extensive testing and monitoring, including end-user trials”.
Around 200 homes in regional and remote areas have trialled the service, with the trials on average delivering speeds of up to 25/5 Mbps for end-users.
“The NBN Sky Muster satellite service will make a truly transformational difference to rural and remote Australians as we offer some of the world’s fastest and largest consumer satellite broadband plans to remote and isolated areas of Australia,” NBN chief customer officer John Simon commented.
Simon stated that NBN has “teamed up with our delivery partners and now have a field force of over 600 trained technicians ready to connect homes around the country”.
“It will take some time to get all eligible premises connected due to the sheer size of our 7.69 million km2 country, so we ask for patience as our teams travel around to install the service,” he commented.
NBN has also cited a new report from global analyst firm Ovum, commissioned by NBN, examining 18 retail service providers internationally offering satellite broadband services.
NBN stated the report “has found that when measured in terms of data allowance, download speed, upload speed and affordability, that selected plans on the NBN Sky Muster service are world-leading for satellite broadband services”.