You’ve no doubt heard an earful about the mix of technologies that will make up the nbn™ – mainly Fibre to the Premises, Fibre to the Node/Building and perhaps even the upcoming nbn™ HFC. However, just under a third of the Australian population lives in regional or remote areas outside of the planned footprint for these cable-in-the-ground technologies and they have greater demand for broadband services than ever before. Not only is broadband crucial for business and agricultural operations as well as communication, it’s also a crucial delivery method for education and remote health services such as online counselling.
The way that the nbn™ will be delivered to these premises is actually pretty cool. While many homes in “inner regional” areas will be serviced by a technology called Fixed Wireless which is similar to a really powerful mobile broadband signal with dedicated service towers, the truly regional and remote areas will get their internet via nbn™ Satellite. Naturally, you can’t have Satellite broadband without dedicated satellites orbiting in space. That means rocket launches.
Sky Muster™ II has launched
On 6 October 2016, the second nbn™ LTSS (that’s Long Term Satellite Service) Satellite, the Sky Muster™ II, blasted off to join the first Sky Muster™ satellite in geostationary orbit above Australia. Together, these two Satellites will provide world-leading high speed Satellite broadband to around 400,000 properties across regional and remote Australia.
The launch must have been tense, to say the least. If you asked me how to launch a sophisticated piece of technology (weighing in at a whopping 6,045kg) more than 36,000km into the sky, I wouldn’t have a clue. Considering that a Facebook broadband satellite exploded at launch in the month prior, the stakes were high to get things right. Thankfully, the team’s hard work paid off and Sky Muster™ II’s launch was a great success. You can watch the footage from the launch at the French Guiana Space Centre in South America here.
Our brand new plans
You might recall that back in November 2013, iiNet was one of the first retail service providers to conscientiously withdraw from sale of the Interim Satellite Service (ISS) due to performance issues caused by insufficient capacity. Together, the new Sky Muster™ satellites support a system capacity over 30 times greater than ISS and nbn™ have implemented a national Fair Use Policy to ensure a fair go for all users.
Now that both new satellites have launched, we’re overjoyed that we can once again offer high quality broadband to regional and remote Australians with our new nbn™ Satellite plans with faster speeds than ever before. If you’re wondering what’s going to happen to the old ISS Satellite, it’s due to be decommissioned in early 2017. We’re working hard together with nbn™ to get all of our existing nbn™ Satellite customers switched over to the LTSS Satellite long before then.
Are you excited that Sky Muster™ II is here? Let us know in the comments.