NBN already in homes (Article courtesy Mandurah Coastal Times)
MANDURAH residents are some of the first in WA to access the next generation in high speed telecommunications with the launch last week of Telstra services on the National Broadband Network.
Around 26,000 homes in Mandurah will be active by the end of the year and more than 500 are eligible to connect now.
The Telstra team took time out to host a questions and answer session at Ac-cent Mandurah with questions ranging from the installation of broadband equipment inside and outside the home to the future of the hundreds of kilometres of copper wire now unnecessary.
With web use at home on the rise, the NBN will provide the bandwidth needed to get the entire household on line at the same time, using a growing range of connected devices such as PCs, game consoles, tablets and smartphones.
Telstra services will also connect people with education and health services.
Telstra area general manager Nocola Swarbrick said fast broadband opened up terrific possibilities such as attending a specialist appointment from home using video chat or for students participating in lectures when they could not attend university.
She said Telstra staff had been geared up for the launch for several months with local technicians and staff receiving special training.