The recent launch of the nbn’s Sky Muster satellite service has facilitated the delivery of broadband to Macquarie Island following the installation of satellite receivers and spot-beam testing now successfully completed.
Macquarie Island is located roughly halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica and has been part of the Commonwealth of Australia since 1900, and politically part of Tasmania.
The remote island is nearly 2,400 kilometres from nbn headquarters in Sydney and is one of the nbn’s most remote areas of service.
The nbn’s Satellite Program Director Matt Dawson says with the arrival of Sky Muster Macquarie Island now has up to 75Mbps of wholesale capacity serving the island.
Dawson says the “ground breaking wholesale speeds” of up to 25Mbps download/5Mbps upload on the Sky Muster service will enable the AAD scientists and researchers to not only work more productively but will also enable them to “stay in touch better with their loved ones back on the mainland with Skype calls and other online communication tools”.
“Indeed you can see the advances made in satellite broadband technology when you look at the size of the Radome covering our nbn satellite dish which protects the dish from the harsh climate on the island, with high winds and snow potentially able to damage the equipment and reduce performance.
“It will be a game-changer for the AAD.”
The scientists and researchers from AAD were using an older satellite broadband service from an international provider with maximum download speeds of just 512Kbps.
Dawson said the nbn satellite equipment was taken down to Macquarie Island by ship with “engineers keen to get the kit installed before the arrival of winter when temperatures often get well below freezing”.