NBN rolling ahead with fixed wireless for Wurdong Heights
RESIDENTS at Wurdong Heights are next in line to have NBN brought to their area.
NBN Co has proposed to deliver fixed wireless by installing three panel antennas and two microwave dish antennas attached to the existing Optus tower at Yalkarra Cres.
The equipment will form part of the fixed wireless network being set up to provide broadband services to residents in rural or urban fringe areas of regional centres.
The latest updates on the NBN plans show building for areas surrounding Gladstone will start in the last quarter of this year.
The myNBN website - which is not run by NBN Co but uses its data - says there are already 12 towers in the Gladstone region.
Already pockets of homes in Calliope, Kirkwood, Tannum Sands, Glen Eden and Boyne Island have access to the fixed wireless network capable of delivering speeds up to 25Mbps for downloads.
People in rural areas connected to the NBN via satellite will have improved speeds when more satellites are launched in October.
But residents will have a better idea of when they will be connected once a three-year construction plan is released before the end of the year.
The fixed wireless network works uses cellular technology and requires a clear line of sight
between the tower and an antenna fitted to the outside of each home or business.
Unlike a mobile network, the tower is not affected by the number of people using it, meaning once connected the speed should remain steady.
Maps at nbnco.com.au/maps are updated monthly so you can check progress in your area.