5605042-3x2-700x467Most parts of Darwin’s rural area now have access to super fast internet as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

NBN Co’s Justin Jarvis says the service will be an economic boost for farmers in the region.

“There are a whole lot of systems that different industries use, particularly in horticulture, to manage their farms and access market information,” Mr Jarvis said.

Tropical fruit grower Han Shiong Siah was the first person in the Northern Territory to be connected to the NBN fixed wireless service a year ago.

He says having the NBN has already improved the efficiency of his business in communicating with his customers interstate via teleconference.

“Previously the satellite technology had a lag issue, when you talked you had to wait for a response,” Mr Siah said.

“That made satellite communication really sketchy.

“Another advantage of the NBN being so fast is that we can actually have video training instead of having to go to town.

“You can have on-farm agronomy with someone in Sydney advising you on what to plant.”

Ross Maxwell of the NT Mango Industry Association says the NBN will also help to attract overseas investment in Top End farms.

“The ability to Skype or provide a faster information channel back to where the actual owners are is an absolute plus and it encourages that investment in the Territory,” Mr Maxwell said.

“I think people are now starting to recognise the potential in Northern Australia, so yes there is a lot of people making those enquiries already.

“There will be a lot more investment coming in and a lot more professionalism moving into the horticulture industry in the Territory

“The advent of the NBN that will help to speed it up.”

For the full article: ABC News



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