Defence bases get new broadband access

Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) has partnered with the Australian Defence Force to provide broadband access to 400 army, navy and air force sites across the country.

NBN announced that under the deal it will provide broadband access to non-operational on-base structures and facilities, many of which currently rely on DSL and PSTN.

Works are already underway on delivering the NBN access network to these sites, having begun in September 2017. The network deployment uses the multi-technology-mix including FTTN, FTTB, satellite, fixed wireless and FTTP.

The bulk of work completed to date has been at two priority sites in the Northern Territory at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Tindal and Larrakeyah Barracks, incorporating HMAS Coonawarra.

Once these sites are complete, approximately 20 more sites are to be built before the end of the year.

NBN Co chief network deployment officer Kathrine Dyer said a variety of NBN technologies are being used at these sites to meet the different specifics of each base.

“Deploying the world-class NBN access network to those who work to defend our country makes all of us at NBN very proud," Dyer said.

"We are using a variety of NBN technologies at these sites, allowing us to meet the unique challenges of our vast country and also the site specifics of each base.

"Once these works are completed, it’s our hope that communication between our military personnel and their families is vastly better."

Aside from use by Defence personnel, NBN said its services could also be used by “on-base commercial assets such as cafeterias and shops".

 

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