Australia launches high-speed broadband satellite into orbit


CANBERRA, Oct. 6 (PNA/Xinhua) — More Australians will soon gain access to the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN) after the successful launch of the Sky Muster II rocket on Thursday morning.

Launched from French Guiana after an initial delay due to weather concerns, the satellite was shot into space ahead of its task of providing additional data capacity to the original Sky Muster satellite which is currently in orbit.

The NBN is a government-run service. Once Sky Muster II has joined its sister satellite it would help connect the faster broadband to more Australians around the country than ever before, CEO Bill Morrow said.

“Our satellites will ensure that no Australian gets left behind by providing access to fast broadband for those who need it the most,” Morrow told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday.

“We’ve already seen how the service can improve healthcare outcomes by connecting remote patients to city specialists, deliver access to a new world of educational opportunities for kids in the bush and increase productivity for farmers by helping them run more efficient businesses.”

The NBN has come under fire in recent times, after previously-satisfied customers spoke out with frustrations with the service.

Some customers complained they were not getting the quality of network which NBN promised, while many already on the Sky Muster network said its speed and reliability had fallen in recent times.


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