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REGIONAL and rural residents will soon begin to connect to affordable, highspeed broadband with the launch of services on nbn's Sky Muster satellite network.
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Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield and Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash officially launched nbn's commercial Sky Muster broadband service at installation provider, Skybridge's Tullamarine warehouse and training facilities.
The service offers download speeds of up to 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps for internet users living in regional and remote areas.
"The Australian Government has invested $2 billion in two advanced Ka-band satellites and a network of ground stations that make up the Sky Muster service," Minister Fifield said.
nbn launched its first satellite, Sky Muster 1, in October 2015, with the second satellite on track for launch later this year.
Eligible customers can now contact their local internet service provider to order a broadband connection over the orbiting satellite.
Each service requires a professional installation of a new receiver dish and indoor modem.
"Living in rural NSW myself, I know how fast broadband can help boost jobs and growth in rural Australia," Minister Nash said.
"These satellites will deliver nbn to parts of Australia which seemed impossible just a few years ago.
"Affordable satellite broadband creates opportunities to run internet-based businesses from almost anywhere in Australia.
"Building the rural and regional communities our children and grandchildren want to stay in or come back to requires modern technology, and I'm so proud the coalition is delivering it."
Around 5,000 users per month will be connected in the early months of the rollout before scaling up to 10,000 installations per month later this year.
A variety of different broadband plans are available from providers and pricing compares favourably with current international and local commercial satellite and mobile internet plans.