Turnbull's NBN satellite stop-gap

After roundly criticising NBN Co’s decision to pay $620m for two new satellites to provide broadband services to the bush, Malcolm Turnbull can't wait to get the 'Rolls Royce' satellites off the ground.

NBN Co’s satellites will presumably reach orbit by the end of next year but until then the Interim Satellite Service (ISS) component of the network will have to persevere through what the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull describes as a “patch-up" job.

With NBN Co’s interim satellite service struggling with capacity constraints, the federal government had to find a way to keep eligible customers content and bring some new ones on board.



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