Telstra’s New NextG™ Upgrade with 4G Technology Welcomed by Australian Government

Canberra, Australia ( February 15, 2011

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Telstra's New NextG™ Upgrade with 4G Technology Welcomed by Australian Government

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today welcomed the announcement by Telstra to upgrade its NextG™ network with 4G technology in the CBDs of Australian capital cities and some regional centres.

“The Gillard Government supports and welcomes the rapid rollout and take-up of wireless broadband across Australia,” Senator Stephen Conroy said.

“Fourth generation wireless technology presents exciting opportunities for consumers as smartphones and mobile devices become increasingly popular.

“Wireless broadband, whether delivered over mobile networks or via smaller wi-fi networks that extend people’s fixed line connections, will continue to form an important part of the broadband landscape in Australia.

“That’s why we are facilitating the future rollout of 4G wireless technology by freeing up valuable spectrum, currently used by broadcasters to deliver analogue television signals, as part of the digital television switchover.  This spectrum is crucial for next-generation wireless services.

“Far from being a threat to the National Broadband Network (NBN), wireless is an important complementary technology to fibre.”

Senator Conroy said while mobile wireless networks offered consumers flexibility and mobility, only fibre connections can deliver many of the new services that will increasingly be made available as the NBN rolls out, like in-home specialist healthcare and rehabilitation services.

“A fibre connection also offers users the opportunity to create their own reliable local wireless networks to meet the need for mobility within homes or businesses,” Senator Conroy said.

‘A fibre-to-the-home connection delivers the speed it says it does.

“There is no decline in speed or performance if more people are online, or if you are further away from an exchange.

“The Government welcomes any investment that improves Australia’s telecommunications industry and creates more competition and better broadband outcomes for Australians.”

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