Boosting connectivity in Torres Strait
Posted on November 18, 2019
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We want to make sure every Australian has the access they need to thrive in a growing digital world. That’s why we’re working with regional stakeholders to improve connectivity in the Torres Strait Islands.
In partnership with the Queensland State Government, the Torres Strait Regional Authority and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, we’re delivering high-speed internet access for mobile device users across 14 of the region’s islands by 2021.
Currently, many islands across the Torres Strait have patchy outdoor coverage, or only have 3G services. This project is a pledge to improve that by building additional infrastructure at Sue Island, Coconut Island, Stephens Island, Dauan Island, Boigu Island and Mabuiag Island and 4G coverage at Yam Island, Maer Island and Saibai Island.
This expansion project will not only support essential services like police, health and education providers, but it will also help stimulate local business by opening up opportunities for tourism. The Torres Strait Islands are rich in historic and cultural significance, and the turquoise water and lush tropical landscape is truly breathtaking. Now it will be even easier for locals to share these features with the world.
We’re committed to ensuring all Australians have access to world-class connectivity, improving participation in the digital economy. That’s why we’re working on projects such as the Torres Strait Digital Expansion.
Telstra takes its responsibility to bridge the digital divide between the city and remote Australian communities very seriously, which is why we’ve already delivered a number of projects in the Torres Strait to enable customers to access faster fixed line broadband, make mobile calls and access fast wireless data.
We’ll be working hard over the coming months to install our new infrastructure in the region, so everyone can thrive in the connected future.