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What does the future hold for regional communities?


Innovation and advances in technology are not just things that are happening ‘to’ regional Australia and great ideas aren’t limited to big cities.

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Foreword by Andy Penn

At Telstra our vision is to be a world-class technology company that empowers people to connect.

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Introduction by Dr Hugh Bradlow

Technology over the past 50 years has played a significant role in our lives, but the next 20 years will see technology-driven change that will dwarf what we have witnessed to date.

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A network that makes the future possible

Telstra’s mobile network is a world-leader, developed through years of research and investment. Covering over 2.4 million square kilometres, the network is able to reach 99.3% of the population.

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What does the future hold?

Innovation and advances in technology are not just things that are happening ‘to’ regional Australia and great ideas aren’t limited to big cities.

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Near-term technology

We are already working on new technologies to improve lives. These are some of the developments we expect to see over the next 2 to 5 years.

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Medium-term technology

We are planning for the future by working with partners on developing technologies that will benefit regional communities in the next 5-10 years.

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Long-term technology

These are technologies in the early stages of thinking and development, but we need to lay the ground work now if we want to benefit from them in the future. Here is what the future might look like in 10-20 years.

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Enabling a brilliantly connected future

Achieving a brilliantly connected future where regional communities can fully benefit from advancing technologies will require a range of support from governments and policy makers.

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