Monday, 27 November 2017 23:43

NSW Telco Authority inspects new telco tower


The NSW Telco Authority board has conducted a site visit to one of the new telecommunications towers that has boosted shared Government Radio Network (GRN) coverage in the North-West region of NSW.

The site, north of Dubbo, is part of the Pilot Project for the Critical Communications Enhancement Program that is consolidating and enhancing GRN coverage across NSW.

Beth Jackson, chairperson of the board, said it was great for the board to see the work of the programme first hand.

“These impressive towers are the lifeline of first responders in emergency service organisations.

"The increased coverage within the North-West region supports first responders to more easily share information and coordinate responses to critical incidents with better outcomes for the public and the frontline.

pilot radio one

“The pilot has increased shared radio coverage from under 60 percent to over 90 percent, equating to more than 20,000km² of in-vehicle coverage in the region.”

Kate Foy, managing director, NSW Telco Authority, said the pilot had been a tremendous success and established a blueprint for the expansion of the CCEP across the state.

“We’ve gained a lot of valuable insight and learnings from the pilot. We’ve laid a solid foundation and we’re looking at ways to integrate our learnings into the wider state rollout of the CCEP.”

pilot radio two


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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