The National Broadband Network’s new Sky Muster satellite is now operational.
Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield and Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash launched the satellite’s services last week, which will service around 340 homes in rural areas around the Ballarat network.
The 6400-kilogram satellite was launched from French Guiana on October 1 and will service more than 200,000 homes and business in regional and remote areas across Australia.
The service will make for a considerable improvement on the previous coverage with many rural Australians formerly faced with a lesser-performing Interim Satellite Service that was battling under the demand.
The launch of Sky Muster is part of NBN’s aim of connecting eight million homes and businesses to fast broadband by 2020.
The NBN roll out continues across Ballarat, however, many suburbs are still waiting on a 2017 construction date.