|Australian Government Digs Down Under...|
Having embarked on an already controversial tender process for a superfast national broadband network, the Australian government has shocked its own public by rejecting all bids and announcing it will instead build it itself at a cost in excess of AUS $43 billion (€23.3billion) over eight years.
The decision effectively nationalises a key segment of the Australian telecoms market, and will cause significant consternation to Telsta, the Australian incumbent.
Whoever delivers it, the planned network will connect 90% of all homes, schools and workplaces with broadband up to 100Mbps, with all other premises (principally in the country’s sparsely populated interior) connected via wireless and satellite technologies at speeds of around 12Mbps.
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