Victoria, WA announce new broadband projects


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 20 July, 2020


Victoria, WA announce new broadband projects

The Victorian Government has announced the completion of a high-speed wireless broadband network offering speeds of up to 1 Gbps for the Latrobe Valley area.

The deployment, completed for the department by Spirit Telecom, will enable access to speeds up to 10 times faster than those currently available in Latrobe City’s 10 key employment precincts.

Spirit Telecom has deployed seven fixed wireless towers in and around Morwell to provide coverage for the Gippsland Hi-Tech Precinct and Innovation Centre, the Gippsland Logistics Precinct, Morwell CBD, the emerging Food and Manufacturing Precinct and the Aerospace Precinct at Latrobe Regional Airport in Traralgon.

“Gigabit broadband will bring more jobs and opportunities to the Valley, and I encourage local businesses to take advantage of the world-class speeds available on this new network,” Victorian Minister For Regional Development Jaclyn Symes said.

Meanwhile in Western Australia, the state government has announced plans to invest $600,000 to provide high-speed broadband to the Carnarvon horticulture district.

The new network will provide enterprise-grade broadband services to around 50 agribusinesses and residents along the Gascoyne River in Carnarvon, across an area of up to 660 square kilometres.

“Carnarvon is one of our state’s key horticultural production areas, but unreliable and slow connectivity is holding local growers back,” WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said.

“This funding will bring enterprise-grade broadband to about 50 businesses along the Gascoyne River, allowing growers to utilise the 21st-century technology needed to remain competitive.”

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Milos

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