As we look back on the strides made by the NBN™ this year – we thought it was important to show how the two NBN™ satellites have made a big difference to regional Australia by delivering fast and reliable internet.
Without access to fast internet speeds, many schools, businesses and homes face the risk of falling behind in our competitive digital world. Cue the Sky Muster™ and Sky Muster™ II satellites! Improved internet access has had a big impact on Australians living in rural and remote regions and the NBN™ satellite revolution brings with it a number of benefits for families living in rural areas – so let’s take a look, starting from the very beginning.
The name – where does it come from?
Aussie kids from the ages of 5-12 years old submitted their best drawing to represent how they believed NBN™ would improve Australia. The competition was called ‘Shoot for the Stars’ and hundreds of children entered in hope of having their artwork printed on the rocket which would launch the satellite and best of all, the opportunity to name the satellite.
If you happen to drive past one of the NBN™ Sky Muster™ trucks, don’t be alarmed. Sky Muster™ is still safely orbiting in our atmosphere, however, there are teams heading out on the ground all over rural Australia to show people how the NBN™ will transform their lives. Better still, the trucks themselves allow Aussies to experience and learn about the service in real time!
Expanding our knowledge
For rural kids and families, broadband isn’t just about streaming the latest movies or playing games. It’s what they need to access the education resources readily available to city folk. In fact, illustrating the benefit of internet to school kids is the very reason Bailey Brooks won the ‘Shoot for the Stars’ competition.
For kids in the country, the faster internet speeds of the NBN™ means access to the same standard of education as kids in the city, including:
For distance education students (those living deep in the outback hundreds of kilometres from the closest school) education is 100% online. For these students, a reliable, fast internet connection is vital to their learning, enabling video conferences between fellow students, and teachers.
Harvesting the benefits
For farmers and business owners NBN™ has hugely increased communication and therefore business opportunities. What does high quality internet connectivity mean for them?
These are just a few of the benefits reliable Internet provides to Australian farmers. As a result they will be able to farm smarter, increase sustainability, and monitor in real time – now that’s efficient!
Keeping fit and healthy
Telehealth – the future of health. Telehealth on the NBN™ means no more long distance travel for health care and allows rural Australians to reach health professionals at all hours of the day and night. Access to online health services mean flights can be removed from the equation and specialist consultations and GP visits can be held via video call. You may have caught our earlier article on Telehealth but if you didn’t and want to know more click here.
The year so far
This year families in rural Australia eagerly awaiting the rollout of NBN™ have excitedly welcomed the new NBN™ satellite services. The first satellite, Skymuster™ I was sent into the skies on the first day of October in 2015. The following year on October 6, the NBN™ Sky Muster™ II Satellite blasted 36,000km into orbit to work with Sky Muster™ I to provide improved broadband speeds to 400,000 Australians living in rural areas.
The Skymuster satellites have so far proven to be real superstars. If this intrigues you as much as space itself and you want to muster up as much information as you can, watch the video or click here for details on our out of this world plans that are sure to take you (satel)lite years ahead on the internet.
Are you ready to experience NBN™ the satellite way?