Roma to house NBN satellite facility

Summary:The Queensland town will house a one-storey facility with two 13.5m-wide satellite dishes, according to NBN Co.

Roma, Queensland, will be home to a ground station for the National Broadband Network (NBN) satellite service.

NBN Co plans to build a one-storey facility with two 13.5m satellite dishes in Roma, which is slated to be operational by 2015.

"Roma is ideally situated to play a central role in delivering better broadband to the outback," NBN Co satellites program director Matt Dawson said in a statement.

He cited climate and close proximity to reliable power and other infrastructure as some of the reasons why the location was selected.

There will be 10 stations in total as part of the NBN's long-term satellite service to provide broadband to areas outside of the network's fibre and fixed-wireless footprint. Other locations for the ground stations include Geeveston in Tasmania, Ceduna in South Australia, and Wolumla and Bourke in NSW.

The construction of the ground station in Roma is still subject to local development approvals.

Topics: NBN, Australia


Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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