Internet whiz Damien Keogh and the solar powered relay station at Round Mountain near Pottsville.
Internet whiz Damien Keogh and the solar powered relay station at Round Mountain near Pottsville. Contributed

Wireless broadband for Pottsville

A BYRON Bay-based broadband internet service provider claims to have outsmarted the major telecommunications companies in successfully delivering wireless broadband services to Pottsville businesses and residents.

World Without Wires (wwwires) has installed a solar-powered relay station to ensure the people of Pottsville enjoy the same affordable, reliable and fast internet access as city dwellers.

“The internet is now an essential communication tool that should be accessible to all Australians – not just people in metropolitan areas,” said wwwires co-founder Damien Keogh.

Until now, he said most people in Pottsville could only access satellite or mobile broadband internet services.

But satellite internet is generally slower and more expensive than digital phone lines or cable, and is affected by bad weather.

Mr Keogh said mobile broadband customers who signed up with the major telcos, often found that internet access slows considerably between 4pm and 9pm when mobile phone networks are congested.

That was because mobile calls take priority over internet access, and mobile broadband providers only offer limited bandwidth from each tower.

“Our new solar-powered relay station makes it possible for locals to access affordable, reliable, mobile broadband internet services at any time with minimal environmental impact,” Mr Keogh said.

“While the major telcos have focused on spending tax payer money and keeping shareholders happy, we have been developing a local network that mirrors the standards and internet speeds delivered by most European countries.”



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