Dawn of NBN era in the city
Summary: Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown has hailed the Goldfields’ launch of the National Broadband Network as the beginning of a “new digital era”.....
The services were officially rolled out yesterday at the William Grundt Memorial Library to seniors interested in upgrading their skills and confidence when using technology.
Mr Brown said he was beginning to see an influx of older West Australians embracing technology to help make their lives easier and to stay in touch with family.
“With fast, reliable broadband, we’re seeing more and more older Kalgoorlie-Boulder locals using apps such as Skype to communicate with friends and family and upgrading to a smartphone so they can email and text their kids or grandkids,” he said.
Mr Brown said technology was significantly changing the way mining and local businesses operated with new practices being made available through the NBN.
Initially, 3100 homes and businesses in Kalgoorlie-Boulder will be able to access the network via fibre-to-the-node technology, with further areas across Kalgoorlie, Lamington, Piccadilly, Hannans, Karlkurla and Mullingar to go live by the end of the month.
“Individuals, communities and businesses are becoming increasingly digital-dependent,” he said.
“To put this in some perspective we’re now streaming more video content than ever, uploading huge amounts of data and, by 2021 households are expected to own an average of 30 connected smart devices.”
Mr Brown said the NBN roll-out would help support the surge in data demanded and allow residents to make households smarter and their business more efficient.
Telstra also reminded those living and working in Kalgoorlie-Boulder switching to the NBN would not happen automatically.
Residents have 18 months to contact their chosen network provider to arrange moving across to the new network, after which existing landline, data and internet services will be disconnected.
“We want everybody in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area to be able to start benefiting from the NBN network as soon as possible,” Mr Brown said. “Now is the time to speak with your chosen network provider about kickstarting the switch-on process.”
The Telstra NBN Experience Van will also be on hand to offer advice on how customers can get the most out of their new internet connection. The van will be located at Woolworths carpark on Hannan Street until Saturday.
To find out how to switch to the NBN network, drop into your local Telstra store at 297 Hannan Street, visit the Telstra website or phone 1800 834 273.