01 June 2023

The Hon Michelle Rowland MP
Minister for Communications


The Hon Kristy McBain MP
Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories
Member for Eden-Monaro


Locals living in Eden-Monaro can order uncapped satellite broadband services from today, following a successful trial of NBN Co’s new Sky Muster Plus product to boost internet speeds in rural and regional areas.


The new Sky Muster Plus Premium service will provide customers with unmetered data 24 hours a day and faster speeds of up to 100 Mbps.


The service responds to increasing demand for more data and faster speeds from satellite users caused by the growing use of video streaming, and people working and studying from home


The product launch follows a trial over 10,000 Sky Muster Plus customers earlier this year that reported greater user satisfaction when customers could access increased evening speeds and uncapped data.


The unmetered service has been enabled by the Albanese Government’s $480 million investment to upgrade NBN Fixed Wireless services that is moving around 120,0000 premises from satellite to fixed wireless, freeing up capacity on Sky Muster.


The launch of the new product complements the Albanese Government’s commitments to improving NBN technologies in regional areas, including by investing $2.4 billion to expand full-fibre NBN to an additional 1.5 million premises – 660,000 of which will be in regional areas.


Further information about the new product is available at www.nbn.com.au/skymusterplus.


Quotes attributable to Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:


“Whether you live in a capital city or out in the bush, access to fast, reliable and affordable broadband has never been more important.


“I’m excited to launch this new Sky Muster product today which will allow thousands of Australians to access unmetered NBN data for the first time in Australia. It’s a gamechanger for regional communities.


“Across the Sky Muster, fixed wireless and fixed-line networks, the Albanese Government is improving the NBN to give Australians access to 21st century communications infrastructure they need and deserve”.


Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, and Member for Eden-Monaro, the Hon Kristy McBain MP:


I heard from many people in Eden-Monaro during the pandemic that working from home and having kids learning from home meant that they might have just 10 days of internet before they reached their data cap.


“We know that this is just not good enough, which is why we continue to make significant investment towards improving the NBN to ensure regional communities like ours are not left behind.


“The uncapped satellite broadband service will be available to 15,000 premises in Eden-Monaro, and will mean that locals can access better connectivity to work from home, study from home, stream their favourite series and keep in touch with family and friends.”