What do the Tasmanian government’s NBN upgrades mean for the industry?
By Mark PughThe Tasmanian Government’s NBN upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of next year, but it’s not certain whether the rollout will mean the end for industrial service providers like Titan.
The new network is expected in all the key areas of industrial and manufacturing, such as the construction industry and the electricity sector, and will allow the state’s most powerful companies to access the internet at their most reliable speeds.
The upgrades are expected to improve the reliability of the state network, allowing more Tasmanians to access information and services, while also improving access to the internet.
Titan is one of the biggest suppliers of industrial service to the state.
It employs more than 12,000 people across Tasmania and is the country’s largest independent employer of remote workers.
Travis Coates, Titan’s head of industrial services and logistics, said the company had been working with the Tasmanians on the NBN project.
“It’s going to be a very important milestone for us,” he said.
“The rollout will allow us to do what we do best, which is delivering high-quality, reliable internet connectivity for our customers.”
Mr Coates said Titan was happy to be able to expand its services to more remote areas of Tasmania.
“We’re really happy to have the infrastructure in place, but we’re also very confident that the upgrades will give us the best possible service to our customers,” he told the ABC.
“That’s something that’s been lacking in the past.”
What is the Tasmanien NBN?
The Tasmanians Government has committed to the upgrade of the nation’s infrastructure, which includes high-speed broadband.
But what does it mean for Tasmanian industries?
What does the new network mean for industrial and industrial services?
The upgrade will see more than 5,000 gigabytes of data transferred to Tasmanian premises each day, including more than 200 gigabytes per day on the network for the construction sector.
Tasmania has also secured an agreement with the Australian Government for a $500 million grant to support the state in the next two years.
“Our Government has always been very clear that the state is a digital economy,” Mr Coates explained.
“With the introduction of NBN, we can now look forward to seeing that we’re able to take advantage of all the new technology available, including the NBN.”
Mr Turnbull said he hoped the NBN would lead to a brighter future for the Tasmanias economy.
“Today, Tasmania is a world leader in digital economy.
Tasmania has achieved a lot on the digital economy and has a great future ahead of us,” Mr Turnbull said.
What does Titan mean for Australia?
The Government says the upgrade will allow Tasmanian companies to increase their competitiveness by moving to more efficient technologies.
But it is not clear how long it will take for the upgrades to be fully rolled out across the state, with some areas still not ready for deployment yet.
Mr Coats said Titan hoped the upgrades would make its Tasmanian operations more competitive.
“Titan, like all the others, has been working hard to secure the best infrastructure for our clients,” he explained.
“We’re confident that Titan will continue to be the best in the industry and we look forward working with all the Tasmanies to deliver the best service for our employees.”
What are the major upgrades?
The state government has already committed to spending $50 million to upgrade the existing network, and to expand the network to deliver faster internet speeds for remote workers in remote communities.
The government says it is committed to deploying the upgrades within two years, but some areas have yet to be prioritised.
Mr Turnbull says the Government has also committed to working with Tasmanian businesses to ensure their needs are addressed.
“In Tasmania, the Government’s focus is on providing the best access to Australians, but in this instance we have a strong focus on improving the efficiency of the existing infrastructure,” he wrote in a statement.
“This means we will work with all Tasmanians and local businesses to deliver a better network for our community.”
Mr Abbott said the Government was committed to delivering the upgrades “as quickly as possible”.
“We’ve got to get the network up and running, but this is the first step towards delivering a network that works for everyone,” he added.
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