Theresa Park businessman impressed with NBN connection

A Theresa Park businessman has been pleased with his internet speed and reliability since an NBN tower was switched on at Werombi East.

Geoff Hatton from Cobbitty Lawn Turf said his internet reliability had “immensely improved” since connecting to the NBN service.

“We rely on the internet for most of our business,” he said.

“Our previous wire connection was absolutely disgraceful.

“We had nothing but trouble for more than 15 years.

“The internet was slow and our phone would regularly drop out.

“The wire system through Thersea Park was out of date.

“Now our internet reliability has increased.

“I have seen an 80 to 90 per cent improvement.”

The Werombi East tower was switched on in September 2017 and services 250 premises.

Mr Hatton said the internet had helped his business grow.

“We used to spend huge amounts of money on advertising through the Yellow Pages,” he said.

“Now we do most of our advertising through our website and social media.

“So we need good internet connection so we can advertise online.”

Mr Hatton said the speed could be improved but was comfortable with his connection.

“We still get the odd drop out but not nearly on the scale of what we used to get,” he said.

“Most people have been happy with their NBN connection when I have spoken to them at the golf club.

“But there are a few black spots areas around the shire that still aren’t able to connect to the NBN.”

Razorback North, Belimbla Park South and Oakdale wireless towers will be switched on within the coming months.

There are 10 fixed wireless towers now servicing Wollondilly communities.

Towers for Picton East and Orangeville are also in the planning stages.

Mr Hatton praised Hume MP Angus Taylor for keeping him informed of the updates with the rollout of the NBN.

Mr Taylor said the the take-up rates in his electorate were well higher than the state and national average.

· Bargo and Tahmoor take-up is at 70.8%

· Cobbitty and Oran Park take-up is at 77.2%

· Appin take-up is at 72.6%

· Mount Annan take-up is at 72.4%

· Spring Farm take-up is at 70.7%

· Camden Park take-up is at 70.3%