Updated March 05, 2018 10:22:22The Federal Government’s new broadband infrastructure will be one of the largest ever in Australia and will provide an unprecedented boost to Australia’s telecommunications industry.
Key points:The Government will spend $9.9 billion to upgrade Australia’s copper network to 4G and expand broadband coverage to nearly 100,000 householdsThe upgrades will include upgrading the country’s copper infrastructureThe Government has already committed to spending $8.8 billion on the projectBut the upgrade is expected to take decades, with billions of dollars needed to cover the cost of the new copper network.
It is expected the Government will pay for a portion of the upgrade through the Federal Government budget and the Government has not yet set a timeline.
Key measuresThe Government is committed to building a broadband network capable of providing 4G service to every household in Australia.
This will involve upgrading Australia’s existing copper infrastructure to the latest standards, including 4G technology.
The Government estimates the new network will cost $8 billion, with about $1.8bn for the first phase of the project.
It says it will also invest in infrastructure upgrades to support the new technology.
But the Government is not committed to completing the project by 2024.
The first phase will include building a new copper infrastructure around the city of Melbourne, to connect the city’s two largest fibre optic cables, one for mobile and one for fixed broadband.
The second phase will be built near the southern city of Perth, which is a key hub for Australia’s large fibre optic network.
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