Connecting people and communities
Thursday, 9 January, 2014 Page 21
WATERFORD RISE CONNECTS TO THE FUTURE WATERFORD Rise is at the forefront of Australia’s high-speed internet rollout, with residents of the estate now able to experience lightning-fast fibre optic internet speeds up to 100 megabits per second - years before their Warragul neighbours. With the click of a mouse, the official activation of the broadband service recently by Baw Baw Shire Mayor Murray Cook has placed the estate up to 10 years ahead of the roll out of the NBN network in some areas of metropolitan Melbourne. The ultra high-speed broadband fibre optic cable at Waterford Rise is up to 20 times faster than the network service currently provided to the local community and all but a few small areas of metropolitan Melbourne. David Setiady, director of Redtrain Network, said the ultra-fast network has reached Waterford Rise before most parts of Victoria because, when planning the estate, the developers elected to have the network installed by private operator Redtrain Network, the first private operator to offer installation at no cost to the developer since 2010. “Importantly, Redtrain has ’futureproofed’ the connection so that no more civil work will be required because the network is designed to cater for up to a gigabit connection to each individual house premises,” Mr Setiady said. “This means that that the connection is there to cater for any commercial enterprises or health or educational institutions in the Warragul region, where Redtrain deploys its network, that may need access to such high levels of bandwidth in the future.” Glenn Sanford, general manager of Baw Baw Developments, said the new stateof-the-art connection will have a range of
The directors of Baw Baw Developments - Michael Blackwood, John Castle and Gary Tomasetti - watch as Baw Baw Shire Mayor Murray Cook speaks with McMillan MP Russell Broadbent in his Parliament House office in Canberra via teleconferencing software. practical benefits for residents, including faster web browsing, downloading large files or attaching large images or videos to emails without having to use cloudcomputing services. “Importantly, it will also have significant benefits for Waterford Rise residents who work in Melbourne’s CBD, with the high speeds allowing them to work from home, or ‘tele-commute’, a number of days a week,” Mr Sanford said. The service has been installed years ahead of the NBN Co rollout and offered more functionality that the NBN Co’s competing service. “NBN Co only offers internet access and
Advanced Future Technology and Ascena, providing internet plans starting from less than $50 per month. Waterford Rise is currently offering affordable and spacious blocks as part of its stage five, six and nine releases, with stage eight currently under construction and expected to be released to the market in late January 2014. Land prices start at $128,500 and house and land packages from $275,900. For further information on Waterford Rise visit www.waterfordrise.com.au like the ‘Waterford Rise Warragul’ Facebook page or call 1300 737 094.
telephony without the bells and whistles that makes high speed broadband so compelling for users, adding TV, EFTPOS and WiFi hot spots which are not part of the NBN Co service,” Mr Sanford said. Waterford Rise is now at the cutting edge of the debate about private enterprise’s ability to deliver high speed broadband in greenfields development versus the long delays in delivery by the Federal Government supported NBN Co. Waterford Rise residents will have the opportunity to shop around for their ideal plan, with a range of internet service providers, such a DCSI, Clear Technology,
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