[LINK] 449 kilometre Perth to Geraldton optic fibre link.

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Wed Mar 16 12:52:48 AEDT 2011

On 16/03/11 10:26 AM, David Boxall wrote:
> On 15/03/2011 4:01 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> <http://www.pm.gov.au/blog/connecting-geralton-nbn>
> Geraldton, a city of more than 25,000
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geraldton>, is only now getting decent
> telecom's. Wollombi, a town of less than 300
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wollombi,_New_South_Wales>  has had a fibre
> connection for years.
> What a difference political influence (and proximity to Sydney) make.
> The nearby defence facilities make Geraldton's circumstances doubly
> surprising.

Geraldton already had fibre - Telstra only. The Backhaul Blackspots 
program is delivering a competitive fibre to Geraldton.

The other angle to the new fibre is that CSIRO is putting Geraldton up 
as the site for the SKA telescope, if Australia wins the project.


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