BALLARAT’S countryside is going hi-tech as the first residents connect to the National Broadband Network’s fixed wireless service.
Progress is also being made on central Ballarat’s fibre network, with NBN Co contractors now walking the streets of the city in preparation for construction to begin.
During a visit to Ballarat yesterday, NBN Co general manager of external relations Trent Williams said one of the city’s three fibre areas had entered the detailed planning phase.
“Ballarat’s looking good - we’re onto detailed designs which is literally when we have our contractors walking the streets,” he said.
“That takes about three months and after that we start pulling fibre.We’re looking at construction to be completed mid to late next year.”
Mr Williams said the NBN had already rolled out fixed wireless connections to homes and businesses in parts of Ballarat and internet and telephone companies were in a race to sign up customers.
Haddon resident Scott Weston, a systems administrator who runs his own business from home, signed up to the service as soon as he heard it was available.
He receives fixed wireless from a tower three kilometres away on Tudors Road, through a signal configured to provide speed and reliably to his Kathleen Court house.