Wednesday, 13th April 2022
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There is emerging recognition of the need for different agents and approaches from mainstream infrastructure provision to achieve regional, rural, and remote connectivity, as indicated in the recent ABAC AgriTech report and the Regional Telecommunications Review. This forum will explore actions taken by the NSW Government through its Regional Digital Connectivity (RDC) Program, including its focus on shared infrastructure for mobile services, then draw on the experience of the New Zealand Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) which has been implementing shared infrastructure approaches for several years.
Chair: Dr Murray Milner (TelSoc Broadband Futures Group)
Peter Adams, Director of the NSW Regional Digital Connectivity (RDC) Program will discuss the NSW Government’s commitment of over $450 million to improve mobile coverage, ag-tech adoption, and internet connectivity for the most underserved areas of NSW.
RDC’s current $50M Mobile Coverage project is developing active sharing partnerships with the industry; aiming to increase competition and consumer choice – while reducing environmental impact, energy consumption, operating costs, and future capex investments of individual operators.
Steve Inglis from Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and John Proctor, CEO of the Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) will present on the Rural Coverage in New Zealand based on Shared Cellular sites. The sites are owned and operated by RCG and the three mobile companies sell services using the shared sites. They currently have around 300 shared sites in operation throughout rural New Zealand. CIP provides government funding for the development of the RCG sites based on the fact that all the sites are considered to be uneconomic for any commercial operator to fund. The Operational costs are then shared by the mobile operators and the revenue is shared based on usage.
The Zoom recording of this event is now available: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ngbxLnOriHszZn4tEBhkjKXoUDrtYv8jt5AD18XglrmNOnrbzXXFzd6NJs-M1nQx.xy4ive7hE6_3pKwR Passcode: FG@7k^Ep
Date and Time
Wed, 13 Apr 2022
12:00 - 13:45 AEST