Satellite dishes to deliver broadband connectivity during natural disasters

Hundreds of satellite dishes to be installed on emergency buildings such as Rural Fire Service depots around Australia.

Under the Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disaster (STAND) program, nearly one hundred satellite dishes will be installed, and all of the Road Muster trucks and satellite dish travel kits will be delivered, before the end of 2020. This investment is part of the bushfire recovery assistance to support communities in fire-affected regions across Australia.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, visited Namadgi National Park Visitors Centre today, where a satellite dish has been installed, and where NBN Co also demonstrated one of the new Road Muster trucks and one of the satellite dish travel kits.

The Road Muster trucks and satellite dish travel kits can be deployed anywhere in Australia to provide temporary broadband connectivity to communities that have been hit by a natural disaster.

The satellite trucks connect to the internet via the NBN Co satellites and provide internet connectivity within twenty metres of the vehicle via wi-fi. The satellite travel kits are essentially satellite dishes in large briefcases, which can be delivered to remote locations, to provide access to high speed broadband.

And in any emergency building where a satellite dish has been installed, connectivity can be enabled before, during or after a natural disaster.

"By offering broadband connectivity powered by the National Broadband Network's Sky Muster satellites—which have coverage of all 7.7 million square kilometres of Australia and operate even when terrestrial mobile or fixed line networks have ceased operating, these dishes will help people in disaster affected locations stay in contact before, during and after a bushfire or other disaster," Minister Fletcher said.

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