Armidale residents will get a look into the region’s fibre-optic future at the Telstra Fibre Experience Centre, which opened at Girraween Shopping Centre yesterday.
The Telstra Fibre Experience Centre is a travelling showcase that demonstrates Telstra services and products working live on the NBN, which has been rolled out in the area of Armidale surrounding the university.
The area covers about 2400 households, with another area in Armidale set to gain access to the NBN in July.
The centre is set up as a home lounge room and features demonstrations of broadband, T-Box and T-Hub services.
Telstra Country Wide area general manager Tricia Wilson said the centre was a chance for local residents to learn more about the improvements to services, NBN would bring to the region.
“We’re really excited because this is about helping our customers understand what they can do with NBN in their home,” Ms Wilson said.
“There’s been lots of interest and we’re expecting to be quite busy.”
Telstra general manager for consumer marketing Steve O’Rourke said visitors on the first day ranged from students to business professionals.
“We’ve had a real mix of people coming through,” he said.
“There were a couple of uni students who were right into the downloading while a couple of earlier customers really wanted to know more about broadband in general.
“Everyone knows the NBN is rolled out but they want to know what it will do for them.”
An on-site speed test showed the NBN had a download rate of 92 megabytes per second, compared to 20 megabytes per second with an ADSL2 connection.
The centre will open daily from 10am-5pm until next Thursday.