Dubbo prepares to check in to the internet's fast lane

DUBBO will have ultra-fast broadband internet by the end of 2015 with work to begin at the end of the year, a NBN Co spokesman said.

In July last year, NBN Co started to roll out the national broadband network (NBN) across central and mid-western NSW.

Work will begin in stages in the Dubbo area in May this year expected to last until March next year, and it is a "big area for the NBN to cover", NBN Co community relations adviser Tony Gibbs said.

"There are 17 local government areas within the central west and mid-west, which is a lot for us to cover," he said.

"The interim satellite server won't be fully operational in Dubbo until 2015."

He said there would be "three satellite technologies" for the Dubbo area, with the main fibre to be installed on Sterling Street.

The roll-out of NBN to the Dubbo area will be good for residents and businesses alike, with TAFE Western keen for it to arrive.

Regional manager of information and communications technology Bill Richards said TAFE already had fast and reliable business grade network connections which allowed the organisation to provide training online between its many campuses.

"The impending provision of NBN services to Dubbo will improve our student's capacity to undertake training over the internet from their homes and workplaces via TAFE Western Connect," he said.

"The program is already offering more training choices in more places across western NSW and as the availability and take-up of NBN services increases in homes and businesses, the eLearning and web conferencing options will become more appealing to students." 

He said the bandwidth improvement for students would mean better quality video and audio, as well as faster access to online learning at a time which suited them.

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