NBN launches Sky Muster™ for better broadband in the bush

Monday, 2 May 2016
NBN satellite ground station, Wolumla, NSW
NBN satellite ground station, Wolumla, NSW

The nbn has just announced that its satellite service, Sky Muster™, is now available for sale by broadband retailers in regional, rural and remote Australia.

The nbn ran a national competition to name its new satellite and prior to the launch, six year old Bailey Brooks was announced as the winner. Not only did she get to name the satellite 'Sky Muster', but her artwork also blasted off into space with the satellite.  Bailey’s great story can be read and watched here.

Trials of Sky Muster™ in around 200 rural and remote homes have delivered speeds of up to 25/5Mbps and it is hoped that this new service will provide much improved access to fast broadband speeds for up to 400,000 people living in rural and remote Australia.

The National Rural Health Alliance’s CEO Kim Webber was among the many business leaders wishing the new service well as it seeks to address the urgent need for faster, more reliable broadband outside the major cities.

Approximately 7 million Australians live outside the major cities, and this is a significant proportion of the population that often has difficulty in accessing fast broadband.  Sky Muster is the start of turning this around.

Access to broadband is vital to the ongoing development and expansion of businesses and services in rural and remote Australia.  It will assist in providing improved education and health services and support isolated families.

In supporting Sky Muster, Kim Webber commented “The National Rural Health Alliance hopes that Sky Muster™ will lead to a reliable and faster internet connection for all rural and remote Australians as promised. Such progress will now allow us to revolutionise our approach to health service delivery for isolated people. With this platform for communication we can start to link rural health professionals and patients with city services for support and health care. It’s an exciting time which needs on the ground infrastructure to ensure it works for all rural and remote people all day, every day. That is our expectation.”

Read the full media release here.