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Qantas will use NBN Co’s satellites to provide its passengers with free in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights. A single Boeing 737 will be retrofitted with a modem and antenna to receive satellite signals before starting on-board trials later this year.The rest of the domestic fleet will then be fitted with the technology leading up to its official launch, expected in early 2017.
In partnership with US satellite company, ViaSat, Qantas plans on piggybacking off the ground station infrastructure originally created for NBN’s Sky Muster satellite.
“The recent launch of NBN’s satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat’s help,” Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce said.
The highly anticipated technology will then deliver customers with in-flight download speeds never before seen in Australia.
“You won’t be limited to checking your email or Facebook – it’s going to be about watching the football live, streaming your favourite TV show or movie, catching up on the latest YouTube videos, or shopping online,” Joyce said.
“This kind of inflight connectivity would also open up a lot of potential to improve in-flight entertainment, which we’re constantly looking to enhance.”
The carrier is currently examining options for high-speed Wi-Fi across its international and regional fleet.
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Added 12 months ago
Are you frustrated by the length of your commute to work?
According to recent research, 15% of Australians are unhappy with the amount of time spent commuting to work, while 40% of us would consider relocating to a country or coastal town.
NBN Co predicts 600 Australian ‘Lifestyle towns’ are on the brink of a population boom as faster internet connectivity allows people to work from home, outside of the nation’s capitals.
Leading demographer Bernard Salt predicts the 4% of Australians that work from home will double to 8% in the next decade reaching an estimated 1 million. His findings were released in a report commissioned by the NBN.
What Salt has dubbed as an ‘e-change’ is the relocation of work-force from a CBD or surrounding suburb to a super-connected country town on the fringe of a capital city.
“This is the idea of forsaking the city and the suburban commute and moving to a lifestyle town and maintaining your job by telecommuting,” he said.
“Not always possible in the pre-NBN network-rollout world. More easily achieved in a post-broadband-rollout world.
“I predict a cultural shift or ‘e-change movement’ which could see the rise of new silicon suburbs or beaches in regional hubs as universal access to fast broadband drives a culture of entrepreneurialism and innovation outside our capital cities.”
Lifestyle towns are characterised by affordability, atmosphere and distance to the nearest CBD, usually between 30km and 150km.
Salt believes the migration will be noticeable as early as 2020, once the NBN rollout is completed.
The 600 towns which fit NBN's e-change criteria include Kiama on the New South Wales south coast, Cairns in North Queensland and South Australia’s Victor Harbour.
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Added 12 months ago
The Sky Muster satellite launched by NBN Co has delivered download speeds of over 24Mbps and uploads of 4Mbps in the first public demonstration of Satellite NBN internet.
Soon this NBN internet service will be available to 200 rural and regional Victorians on a trial basis to identify any teething problems before its official launch later this year.
After the two-month trial, a second companion satellite will be launched by NBN Co to help cater for the 200,000 homes and businesses expected to be using the service.
Satellite broadband has a history of latency due to the 36,000 km the signal has to travel from orbit to the dish, but NBN Co have now engineered ways to mitigate waiting time. Acceleration technology fetches elements on an internet page on behalf of an end-user rather than collecting it in sequence, cutting the time it takes to fully render a web-page.
Even programs like Skype that acceleration technology cannot assist with had drastically improved, according to NBN fixed wireless and satellite MD Gavin Williams.
“We are delighted with the progress that we are making towards the planned launch of Sky Muster commercial services in the next couple of months," he said.
"Rural and remote Australians will be able to access fast and reliable internet through their phone and internet provider in the bush.”
The NBN satellites will be supported by ten ground stations, providing regional and remote Australians outside of the fibre optic cable network with broadband five times faster than the current alternative. The rollout of the NBN internet service through satellite, fixed wireless and fibre optic networks are all currently underway, with all Australians expected to be connected by 2020.
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