Australia invests in broadband infrastructure accessible to 99% of the population

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The Australian Prime Minister has announced that the country will invest $ 1.68 billion to create broadband Internet infrastructure. Cited in the international press, John Howard said that his plan aims to bring broadband to 99 percent of the country’s population.

Australia has about 20 million inhabitants and a huge geographical dispersion, which has hampered the development of telecommunications infrastructures in the country, despite other political plans already announced previously.

The new project provides for the offer of a minimum speed of 12 Mbps and a different rate for users residing in cities and rural areas. According to the Government’s plans, the service is expected to start operating in June 2009.

The optical fiber that will guarantee service in cities will give way to networks wireless in rural areas, in an attempt to optimize the investments to be made.

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