Satellite broadband being installed as part of the National Broadband Network may help solve communication issues for remote communities.
Satellite broadband being installed as part of the National Broadband Network may help solve communication issues for remote communities.

Satellite technology may be a saviour in times of disaster

SATELLITE technology built as part of the National Broadband Network may improve emergency communication during natural disasters.

Following the devastating January floods, which left towns on the outskirts of Gladstone without contact to the outside world, satellite technology is proving to be a solution in communication black spots.

Late last year Ubobo State School installed satellite technology to assist schooling in the remote community town.

Principal Richard Davey said the school had experienced little to no problem with communication in light of the Boyne Valley floods.

Almost two weeks ago residents in Boyne Valley and Baffle Creek were struggling to communicate with the outside world.

It's believed some homes are yet to have their landline phone connections restored.

An NBNCo representative said there were no reports of satellite services lost in Baffle Creek or the Boyne Valley during the floods.

"If people have an issue with their service they need to report it to their service provider who will then come to us," the representative said.

Although the National Broadband Network has not been promised for Gladstone's Central Business District before 2015, satellite technology is looking to be installed in rural or remote towns that cannot be fitted with fibre-optic connections.

Ubobo State School's satellite technology hasn't been built by NBNCo but is believed to work in a similar way.

Did you have trouble with communications during the floods? Share Your Story here.

NBN technology

Optic fibre:

Replaces existing copper lines to connect fibre direct to the premises.

Fixed wireless:

Homes connect via a mobile wireless tower set up in their street.

Satellite:

Used for rural or remote areas via NBN's Interim Satellite Service.



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