NBN fast broadband has arrived in Griffith, with the first fixed line services switching on in the city’s east this month.

Farrer MP Sussan Ley said “making sure regional Australia receives all the advantages of fast broadband as quickly as possible is a very important commitment from the Coalition Government”.

“We’ve already seen nbn fixed wireless towers built around Griffith and the launch of the new Sky Muster satellites for outlying areas. The arrival of fast fixed-line fibre internet through Collina opens up a new digital era for over 2,000 homes and businesses in the east.”

Fixed line can deliver wholesale internet speeds at a guaranteed minimum of 25 megabytes per second (Mbps – download speeds to etail services) which is three to four times faster than most existing ADSL broadband connections.

Ms Ley made the announcement at local Griffith business, LiveFit24/7 along with the city’s Mayor Councillor John Dal Broi.

Councillor Dal Broi said he is excited by the announcement and that “switching on the NBN creates new opportunities for homes and businesses in Griffith”.

“Faster connections and downloads will see the area be able to utilise the full potential of our currently limited internet services. The demand on existing internet capacity across the city has left residents and businesses feeling frustrated – the nbn will allow businesses to improve productivity as well as faster online access to households.” said Councillor Dal Broi.

Ms Ley noted the CBD, north, west and south of town are also set to have access to this technology through next month, which will mean a total of over 7,800 Griffith premises will soon have the ability to access better and faster broadband.

“Combined with more than 4000 homes and businesses which can already access the nbn outside Griffith through seven local fixed-wireless towers, this is truly an exciting new period of opportunity and growth for our region.”

“Under the Coalition, more than 3.8m homes and businesses are now able to order an nbn service, with more than 1.6m paying customers connected. This compares to just 51,000 connections in the six years of the previous Labor Government”, Ms Ley concluded.

Accessing the nbn is not automatic and you should contact an internet or phone company to discuss your needs and be able to switch to the network.

It is important to note speeds experienced by residents will depend on the broadband plan purchased from your chosen retail service provider. From the equipment you use, to the network itself, there are a number of factors which can affect the nbn internet experience. More details are here

Information on how to connect is available at www.nbnco.com.au or call 1800 687 626.