Gladstone gamers look forward to higher NBN speeds

GLADSTONE gamers are buzzing for the arrival of the National Broadband Network.

Some homes in Calliope, Wurdong Heights, Glen Eden, Kirkwood and New Auckland are already hooked up to the nation's high-speed internet service.

And NBN Co has confirmed work is underway in Telina, meaning the CBD and surrounds could soon be on track for faster browsing.

It's welcome news for frustrated gamers in the region who are caught lagging behind their bigger city competitors, according to Gladstone EB Games employee Regan Challis.

"It's kind of frustrating in some parts," he said.

"A lot of older areas in Gladstone have old internet. They get maybe six or seven MB/s where newer areas are getting up to 50 MB/s.

"If I was to play against someone from a newer area, they have a fair advantage."

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said he was aware the NBN had been operating in the area recently and welcomed the arrival.

"They're (NBN Co) concentrating on new, developing areas and areas that are in need and they're moving very quickly, which we welcome," he said.

Mr Challis said Gladstone's surprisingly large gaming community was eagerly anticipating the quicker internet speeds.



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