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Bunbury residents to benefit from faster internet

By Kevin Kelly

Homes and businesses throughout the Bunbury region will soon be able to access faster internet speeds, as the National Broadband Network (NBN) is brought to the area. The pre-construction phase is already underway, so hopefully it won't be long until better connections become a reality.

City of Bunbury mayor Gary Brennan said around 22,000 properties are due to be connected and every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum as the network is installed.

"[The NBN] makes use of existing infrastructure, which will take months off construction times and allow a much faster rollout of the NBN across the city in a more cost-effective manner," Mr Brennan revealed.

"A higher bandwidth also means that in this age of households having multiple devices connected to the internet at once, each family member will be able to enjoy their online experience without buffering or speed issues."

Bunbury is set to become one of the first areas of Western Australia to make the most of the new services, which are due to be installed over the next few months. Businesses will find they can transfer big files with greater ease, while residents of real estate in Bunbury won't have to wait to download their favourite shows or browse the internet.

Research recently commissioned by the NBN found that 35 per cent of the nation's grandparents now use video calling apps to keep in touch with their grandchildren. Facetime and Skype are two of the most popular apps, while Facebook and email are used to send quick messages.

There's also been a rise in the number of smartphone users over the age of 55. This has increased by 28 per cent over the past 12 months alone, while tablet users aged 65 and over have risen 46 per cent over the same period.

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