Australia plans 100 Mbps to 90 percent of homes and offices

The Australian government has announced an ambitious plan to bring its broadband infrastructure up to modern standards by delivering up to 100 Mbps to 90 percent of homes and offices in the country. Regions that are remote and sparsely populated will get wireless broadband with speeds up to 12 Mbps.  To accomplish this enormous task, the federal government will establish a new company that will deploy the network in partnership with the private sector. The network will cost 43 billion Australian dollars (US$31 billion) and take eight years to build. The government will sell its share in the company five years after completion.

Details:

  • The network will be wholesale only and provide open access to service providers.
  • To reach the “up to 100 Mbps” requirement, they will deploy fiber to the premises (in areas with 1000 or more people).
  • First rollout is planned in 2010.

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