NBN Co to build satellite facility at Roma

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NBN Co to build satellite facility at Roma
A mock-up of an NBN satellite ground station.

Subject to development approval.

NBN Co has chosen Roma in Queensland as the location of the eighth of ten ground stations for its forthcoming satellite broadband service.

The network operator plans to build two 13.5-metre satellite dishes and a single-storey building at a site about four kilometres east of Roma.

The plans are still subject to local development approvals.

"Roma is ideally situated to play a central role in delivering better broadband to the outback," NBN Co's satellites program director Matt Dawson said.

"It has the ideal climate and is close to reliable power and other infrastructure including the NBN's core fibre transit network".

NBN Co estimated that, if approved, the project would create between 20 and 30 construction jobs for the town, which has a population that is a shade under 8000 residents.

The firm's long-term satellite service - for which the ground stations are being constructed - is expected to begin operations in 2015.

Earlier this month, NBN Co confirmed sites at Carnarvon, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia would host ground facilities.

Other facilities are to be located at Wolumla and Bourke in NSW, Ceduna in South Australia, and Geeveston in Tasmania.

NBN Co will have a total of ten ground stations supporting its satellite service. Viasat won a $280 million contract to build the facilities.

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