Panel Antenna
Rooftop panel antennas are used to access NBN's fixed wireless service (Photo: NBNCo)
July 18, 2013

The South Burnett Regional Council has given approval to three more NBN towers to help bring fixed wireless broadband services to the region.

At yesterday’s monthly meeting, the council gave the go-ahead for towers to be erected at:

  • 196 Gesslers Road, Murgon
  • 8131 Bunya Highway, Kumbia
  • 204 Quarry Road, Memerambi

Only one objection was lodged to one of the towers, councillors were told, but because it was outside planning scheme criteria it was set aside.

Last month the SBRC gave similar approvals for towers to be erected at 163 Bowman Road in Blackbutt; 610 Old Esk North Road in South East Nanango; and a somewhat larger facility at 14269 D’Aguilar Highway in Nanango (ie the Nanango Golf Course).

Other proposed sites for towers include Kingaroy, Nanango East, Proston, Booie East, Ellesmere, Maidenwell, Taabinga, Wattle Camp and Wondai. However development applications for these have yet to be processed.

When complete, the towers will help provide fixed wireless broadband across the region as part of the National Broadband Network.

Fixed wireless is similar to a fixed-line broadband service except the data is delivered through the air instead of via an optic fibre cable.

NBN Co says fixed wireless networks – unlike mobile phone networks – are engineered to meet the speed and service requirements for a specific number of users in the coverage area.

This means the bandwidth available for each fixed wireless customer is more consistent and stable than for mobile network customers, even during peak times.

NBN hopes to have the new service operational in the region by 2015.

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