South Coast rural sites in line for broadband

Farms and rural homes on the South Coast are a step closer to broadband access as NBN Co announced plans to introduce fixed wireless services.

NBN Co is lodging planning proposals with Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven councils.

The company will work with those councils to decide which residences within their areas are best suited for fixed wireless services, which are expected to be switched on in stages from mid-2015.

Fixed wireless services are delivered by radio communication via antenna, which are distinct from fixed line services used in urban areas.

"For decades, rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications," NBN Co spokesman Michael Tyler said.

"The fixed wireless service is designed to provide access to internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities take for granted."

The NBN Co fixed wireless service offers download speeds of up to 25 megabits a second and upload speeds of up to five megabits a second.

In areas where fixed wireless is made available, the copper phone lines remain in place for telephone services.