Wireless service roll-out

David SalavaireSound Telegraph

Baldivis and Lakelands are the latest spots to have fixed wireless towers switched on in a bid to improve connectivity issues that have plagued the area.

A fixed wireless connection is used when the distance between premises can be many kilometres.

Data travels from a transmission tower located as much as 14km from a premises to a rooftop antenna.

Federal Minister for Regional development Fiona Nash said the roll-out in Baldivis, southern Baldivis and Lakelands was part of a national plan to serve those in in smaller towns and rural areas.

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"Some 31 fixed wireless towers went live around Australia in June, with another 14 to be turned on in coming weeks," she said.

“These fixed wireless towers will service areas stretching from Jurien Bay in WA to Port Clinton in SA, through to Somersby in NSW to Lockyer Bay in Queensland.

“Fixed wireless delivers super-fast broadband through 1700 fixed wireless towers around the nation. Some 500,000 Australians can now access fixed wireless services and the current maximum speeds of 50 megabits a second download and 20 megabits a second upload will double to 100 megabits a second download and 40 megabits a second upload early next year.”

Ms Nash said fixed wireless had one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings on the NBN.

The roll-out is expected to be “mostly” finished in 2018, according the the Federal Government.

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