Demand for Increased Satellite Poses Potential Issues for Australian NBN

Australian national broadband network (NBN) builder is currently facing potential difficulties of providing fast services to distant regions as the current interim satellite arrangement’s popularity climbs up.

Australians both in remote and rural areas are utilizing the satellite for broadband speeds of up to six megabits per second (Mbps) download/one Mbps upload.

In a statement, Australian NBN Co Chief Mike Quigley said that the demand for the interim service is already ahead of projections, and that if take-up carries on, a gap will arise between the capacity available and the 2015 launch of the satellite.

In order to prevent the potential setback, NBN Co plans on looking at giving the full interim service before the launch of the two satellites, which are valued at $620 million half a year apart in 2015.

“There is a very limited amount of (satellite) capacity over Australia for broadband service,” Mr. Quigley added. “We have already bought a large chunk of what was available.”

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