Menu
Australian broadband network gets go-ahead

Australian broadband network gets go-ahead

The Australian federal Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has approved the funding agreement for a new national wireless and wired broadband network with Opel Networks.

Opel Networks is a joint venture between Optus and Elders to build a national broadband network using a combination of WiMAX and ADSL technologies across some 638,000 square kilometers and costing A$1.9 billion.

In announcing the funding agreement ICT Minister Senator Helen Coonan said high speed broadband is essential to overcome the isolation many people in rural and remote Australia experience.

"The Opel network will reinvigorate many rural communities and change the way that rural Australians engage with the rest of the world," Coonan said.

According to DCITA, Opel has started building the new network, which is due for completion by June 2009.

Coonan said the government will independently test the network to ensure that coverage is achieved to "a very high standard," and that the service in rural and regional areas is comparable to metropolitan areas.

Elders and Optus have also entered into a joint venture agreement to contribute assets and investments of more than A$900 million to establish Opel Networks, which will be a wholesale only company.

The new network will consist of 1361 new wireless broadband WiMAX sites, 312 exchanges enabled with ADSL2+, and 15,000km of fiber-optic backhaul.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags optusEldersopel networks

Brand Post

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2018 inductees - Chris Simpson, Kendra Ross and Phill Patton - to the third running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing landscape of the technology industry in New Zealand, while outlining ways to attract a new breed of players to the ecosystem. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch
Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019

Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019

The channel came together for the inaugural Reseller News Emerging Leaders Forum in New Zealand, created to provide a program that identifies, educates and showcases the upcoming talent of the ICT industry. Hosted as a half day event, attendees heard from industry champions as keynoters and panelists talked about future opportunities and leadership paths and joined mentoring sessions with members of the ICT industry Hall of Fame. The forum concluded with 30 Under 30 Tech Awards across areas of Sales, Entrepreneur, Marketing, Management, Technical and Human Resources. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019
Show Comments