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NEIGHBOURING regional cities Rockhampton and Mackay will get a taste of the National Broadband Network as early as next year, with industrial boomtown Gladstone still waiting for confirmation of a rollout date.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard bypassed Gladstone to visit Townsville to announce a new satellite contract between NBN Co and satellite communication company ViaSat.

The $240 million contract will give rural townships access to the fast-speed network.

"We want to make sure that people get the benefits of broadband," Ms Gillard said.

More than 300 jobs will be created through the construction of 10 new ground bases for the satellites.

NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley said the company was working hard on creating satellite and fixed wireless services.

"We've got a big job ahead of us over the next 12 months as we now really are getting into gear and starting to ramp up," Mr Quigley said

According to NBN Co's website areas within Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville will see work start on the rollout of the NBN in February next year.

Earlier this year Gladstone was pipped at the post to receive a stage one rollout of the NBN before 2015.

The Prime Minister's office said she was looking forward to visiting Gladstone during a future trip to Queensland.

What's the difference?

  • Fixed wireless network
  • Single type of device with a fixed number of connections.
  • The network uses advanced technology commonly referred to as LTE or 4G.
  • Delivers services to a fixed number of premises.
  • Long-term satellite network
  • Available to premises that are in remote areas that do not have access to metro-comparable broadband services.
  • 10 ground stations will be set up across the country.
  • Ground stations will transmit signals between the network and households.
  • 200,000 rural premises will receive ground satellites.



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