The National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed line roll-out is complete in the Grey electorate, with more than 54,000 premises across the electorate either connected or ready for service.
The fixed wireless service will continue to be rolled out to a further 15,000 premises across Grey until 2020.
The NBN local manager for SA and NT Jill Bottrall said regional and remote South Australia were NBN’s key priority.
“We said from the outset that the NBN was determined to bridge the digital divide between metropolitan and regional areas of Australia.”
“Before the NBN, there were too many areas of the state unable to access any broadband at all.
“It meant internet services like email, cloud-based business tools, web searches or entertainment sites that were easily accessible in metropolitan areas, were simply unavailable to regional residents.”
Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey was pleased with the roll out success and said although there had been teething problems, he was pleased at what had been achieved.
“There have been some teething problems, as one would expect with the biggest civilian construction projects ever attempted in our history but they are being addressed as we go and we are really getting well into the program now.
“In fact in Grey, the NBN is available to more than 95 per cent of the electorate.”
The NBN’s Sky Muster satellite service has also been available since 2016, servicing remote area premises beyond a fixed wireless footprint and now almost 15,000 premises are eligible for a satellite connection in Grey.
“In October last year, NBN doubled the size of data allowance for satellite customers at no cost to retailers which has been great for remote users”, Mr Ramsey said.