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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 702..


Telecommunications services-Gungahlin

(Question No 395)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 20 February 2003:

In relation to telecommunication services in Gungahlin, the Chief Minister has stated that Telstra has recognised Gungahlin is an area of priority need and concerns about broadband coverage and mobile phone coverage would be addressed (press statement 19.02.03):

(1) Has Telstra given a timeframe of when the issue will be addressed, if so can it be provided, if not, will the Government contact Telstra and ask for such a timeframe to be provided;

(2) Has Telstra indicated how it will address the problems, if not will you contact Telstra to find out and present details to the Assembly;

(3) Will the Government bear any cost of Telstra's efforts to improve telecommunications in Gungahlin, if so are there any preliminary figures, and if you are not aware will you contact Telstra to find out and present details to the Assembly;

(4) Will businesses or residential areas be addressed first, and if this information has not been communicated will you contact Telstra to find out and present details to the Assembly;

(5) Will the issue of mobile coverage and broadband be addressed simultaneously, or will one be addressed before the other, and if so which one will be addressed first, and if you are not aware will you contact Telstra to find out and present details to the Assembly;

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Telstra has indicated that it anticipates rollout of broadband to commence in Gungahlin from the second half of 2003. There is agreement between telecommunications carriers for a coordinated approach to improve mobile phone services in Gungahlin. New infrastructure is expected to commence being installed from March 2003.

(2) Telstra is trialing the introduction of a 'mini' ADSL device (MiniMux) which provides the same ADSL features as Teltra's existing broadband technology. In respect of mobile phones, in the long term, four or possibly five new mobile telecommunications towers will be required to service Gungahlin. These facilities may need to be supplemented by additional infrastructure.

(3) Modifications to the Telstra network will be funded by Telstra. Other carriers will fund their own infrastructure.


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