Boosting rural business connectivity

The NBN Co team is currently gearing up to launch a new wholesale business-grade satellite service for remote and rural Australia in areas where, previously, there may have been limited or no coverage and no option of a fixed line service.

In February this year, NBN Co announced a deal with global remote communication and IT solutions company, Speedcast Managed Services, to help deliver a wholesale business service over the Sky Muster satellite service to market.

The NBN Business Satellite Service will be complementary to their existing retail Sky Muster satellite service which, until now, has been primarily intended for residential use.

The NBN Business Satellite Service is set to support remote and rural businesses by helping to support online applications such as video conferencing and cloud-based services.

It will be crucial for the oil, mining and gas industries, as it has the capacity to connect in non-addressable remote locations where a number of these sectors run their remote offices.

For farmers in rural Australia, this service is being developed to help enable them to better leverage new technologies such as remote monitoring, video conferencing and livestock tracking devices to save time and potentially reduce operational costs.

It’s also being designed to help businesses with online storage and backup network solutions, as well as provide critical communications support to disaster-recovery operations.

More information is available on the NBN website.