With the announcement that Sky Muster™ II will be blasting into space on the 5th of October 2016, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at all the ways the fast and reliable Internet connection of the two nbn™ satellites will benefit regional Australia.
In the past, Australians in regional areas were not able to access the same Internet connection speeds as those in the big cities.
The rollout of the nbn™ is hoped to help bridge the gap by bringing wholesale download speeds of up to 25Mpbs to rural Australia with their two satellites: Sky Muster™ and Sky Muster™ II.
But how will this new fast and reliable connectivity change the lives of people in remote areas?
For kids in the country, the faster speeds of an nbn™ connection mean more than just games and Netflix: it means equal access to education, and receiving the same standard of education as kids in the city. The world is getting more digital, so it makes sense that education is too. Online tools like portals, video chat, email and online education tools are being used increasingly by students to complete their school work. Some stats from nbn™’s Digital Parenting Report showed 49% of students surveyed watched online tutorials for homework and 45% of students collaborated with other students via instant messaging.
For students living deep in the outback hundreds of kilometres from the closest school, education takes place completely online. This type of education is called distance education and is offered to remote or isolated students who would otherwise not have access to schooling. A reliable, fast Internet connection is vital to distance education, as it allows the student to video conference with their teacher and fellow students and access their online education materials.
Living in a remote community often means the closest healthcare facilities, particularly specialist facilities, are a fair distance away. Telehealth is offering regional Australia access to healthcare, without having to travel those long distances. Using a reliable Internet connection powered by the nbn™ satellites, patients can access and consult with doctors via video conferences. This gives them immediate access to medical advice, which can be especially helpful when awaiting test results. Telehealth also helps reduce the pressure on the traditional health systems, as patients can be monitored from their home rather than staying in a hospital bed, particularly for conditions where home care is manageable.
Farms in regional Australia are expected to benefit hugely from the nbn™. High quality Internet connectivity means farmers can begin using, or rely more heavily on farming technologies such as remote monitoring, livestock tracking devices, video monitoring and high speed video conferencing. Using video conferencing to communicate with service providers such as vets and agronomists, farmers are able to save time and money. Reliable Internet means Australia will be able to farm smarter and more sustainably, with real time monitoring of everything from soil moisture to stock movements.
The arrival of the nbn™ to regional Australia could pave the way for future farming technologies as well, such as drone technology and automated tractors. Agricultural robotics is a growing market that is expected to be worth $16 billion by the year 2020.
To see where your exact location stands in the nbn™ rollout process, check out the nbn™ Coverage Checker. This will let you pinpoint exactly where sites have been built or are in stages of preparation or construction. Make sure to register your interest on the nbn™ Wait List and check out iiNet’s nbn™ plans to be ready to roll when the nbn™ hits your neighbourhood.