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The famous Pub With No Beer has had beer for quite some time, but it’s only now, halfway through 2017, that mobile coverage is finally on tap.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

Telstra says more residents and businesses visitors in rural and regional Australia will soon benefit from its expanded mobile coverage, including superfast mobile broadband, under round two of the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP).

Published in Telecoms & NBN
Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:39

nbn readies to launch first satellite

Faster broadband to homes and businesses in rural and remote areas of Australia will become a reality over the next few months with the nbn set to launch into orbit its first network satellite.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

Telstra has released a draft of its Regional and Rural Presence Plan for 2012-15 for public consultation.

Published in Technology Regulation

Indigo Telecom, the company set up earlier this year to focus on providing satellite communications services to rural Australia, has named SkyMesh has its wholesale partner, but is still to name its long-waited, supposedly ubiquitous, retailing partner.

Published in Deals
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:51

NSW Ambos opt for Iridium satphones

The NSW Ambulance service has taken 180 handheld Iridium satellite phones to provide communications facilities for ambulances in remote locations.

Published in Networking

A new telco, Indigo Telecom, has entered the market to fill what it perceives to be a huge gap in delivering portable satellite phone and data communications services to rural Australians beyond the reach of terrestrial cellular networks.

Published in Strategy
Leighton Contractors' subsidiary Nextgen Networks has won the Federal Government's tender to provide the optical fibre links for its $250m Regional Backbone Blackspots Programme, and has already signed Nextep as the first ISP to make user of the network.

Published in Networking
New Zealand's communications and IT minister, Steven Joyce, has spelt out the government's rural broadband targets, promising that an estimated $NZ300m will be spent over six years to give 93 percent of rural schools fibre delivering at least 100Mbps and the remaining seven percent getting at least 10Mbps. More than 80 percent of rural households will get at least 5Mbps and the remainder at least 1Mbps.

Published in Strategy
Communications minister, senator Stephen Conroy, has called for proposals to receive funding under the $60 million ($53.6m net) Digital Regions Initiative set up to fund projects that will deliver high-quality digital applications for education, health and emergency services over the National Broadband Network.

Published in Strategy
The Australian Government has upgraded its satellite phone subsidy paid to certain users who live and work outside mobile coverage areas.

Published in Strategy
Communications minister Stephen Conroy has issued draft guidelines for the Government's "$60 million" Digital Regions Initiative, and they indicate funding will be only $53.4m. A spokesman for the minister said that $6.6m had been set aside to cover administration and running costs for the four years of the programme.

Published in Strategy
The Federal Budget has allocated an additional $14m over four years to the $46m Digital Regions Initiative announced in March as response to recommendations in the Glasson review.

Published in Strategy
Friday, 06 March 2009 01:50

Government makes $60m response to Glasson

The minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, senator Stephen Conroy, has tabled the government's response to the Glasson enquiry into regional telecommunications and committed an initial $60m to series of initiatives, as recommended by Glasson.

Published in Market
Thursday, 05 March 2009 10:58

$60 million to boost communications in the bush

The federal government has announced $60 million will be spent on regional, rural and remote telecommunications projects.

Published in Strategy
Telstra has been railing against the 'unnecessary' burden of being required to produce and follow a regional and rural presence plan, but there were good reasons for its imposition and no evidence yet that those reasons are not still valid.

Published in Cornered!
Thursday, 20 November 2008 16:06

Terria takes its message to Tamworth

Terria - the Optus led consortium bidding to build the National Broadband Network - held a community consultation in Tamworth to spell out its plans for the network and re-iterate its promise to prioritise installation in regional Australia.

Published in Networking
Telstra has slammed the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review committee's 385 page report and its 50 recommendations based on more than 20 public hearings, several stakeholder briefings and over 220 submissions, saying that the future of rural telecommunications is safe in Telstra's hands, unfettered by regulation and government intervention.

Published in Cornered!
In its first report the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) has recommended major changes to government policy to improve communications services in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.

Published in Government Tech Policy
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