Written by: Stuart Corner | Published in: Government Tech PolicyThe Government has released its response to the 2011–12 Regional Telecommunications Review, 'Empowering Digital Communities' tabled on 23 May, but has failed to respond positively to the major concerns uncovered by the review: mobile coverage and mobile broadband in particular.
Written by: Stuart Corner | Published in: MobilityOptus has announced that it has implemented mobile coverage on Sydney's rail network from Central Station to Chatswood in partnership with the NSW Government and RailCorp, and the Government says services will be available to customers of all three networks.
The Federal Government's Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has published a report with case studies examining how broadband can benefit six Tasmanian businesses, saying that rural businesses need a level of certainty about the type and quantity of services available to them in the short and medium term.
Telecom NZ and Vodafone NZ have been confirmed as the winners of the NZ Government's $NZ285 Rural Broadband Initiative contract initially aimed at bringing 100Mbps broadband to 90 percent of rural schools and 5Mbps to 80 percent of rural households.
The Government has decreed that data services on Telstra's Next G network are now "metro comparable" in price and performance and it will not longer provide subsidised services under the Australian Broadband Guarantee scheme to people living within Next G's coverage area.
Anyone who thought that Australian politics was boring before last weekend is probably now having second thoughts. Whichever party gets to form government, however, one thing is certain: rural and regional Australia are finally going to get decent broadband. The question remains what sort?
The Tasmanian Treasury, on behalf of the Tasmanian Government, has issued a request for tenders for a $17 million information, communication and technology hardware contract which will provide new end user equipment to government offices across the state.
Forget about the Google level coverage, fiber optics or even standard broadband coverage, rural Scotland has had about enough of sluggish Internet connections. I guess when high speed coverage won’t come to you, you just have to go to it. The Scottish countryside is on the move.
The CSIRO says its Ngara fixed wireless technology could provide coverage of rural areas with as few as one quarter the number of towers required by other systems. It could be used by the NBN in rural areas.