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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2728..


(4) How many dwellings will remain un-serviced by the new, enhanced service;

(5) What is the estimated cost of providing the new high speed services in Gungahlin;

(6) How many mobile phone stations will there be;

(7) What areas of Gungahlin will remain not serviced by mobile phone;

(8) What will be the altitude (above mean sea level) and height above ground level of the mobile phone base stations;

(9) What is the estimated cost of installing the new mobile phone base stations.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) Telstra has advised that construction will commence before the end of this calendar year. ASDL will become progressively available to Gungahlin residents during early 2004, with services expected to be fully operational by mid 2004. Telstra Country Wide will contact residents directly as the timetable for enabling ASDL services for their area becomes clearer.

(2) The provision of dial-up internet access via the standard public switched telephone network (PSTN) will continue unchanged. The new exchange will enable an entirely new product - ASDL, which will provide access to a broadband internet option for those who subscribe to the service. As broadband has the capacity to send text, video and voice at very high speeds, the exchange will provide subscribers to the service with high speed internet access.

(3) ASDL provides download speeds starting at 256K.

(4) Telstra anticipates full broadband coverage in the Gungahlin and Dunlop areas supported by its range of delivery options.

(5) Telstra anticipates its total investment in upgraded telecommunications for the Gungahlin and Dunlop areas to be approximately $5 million.

(6) To ensure adequate mobile phone coverage in the area, Telstra anticipates that six base stations will be required including that proposed for Dunlop. These sites will be determined in consultation with the ACT Government. One tower has been approved for the Gungahlin Hill Reservoir in Crace.

(7) Telstra anticipates comprehensive coverage of the Gungahlin area once all sites are fully established.

(8) The heights of the towers will vary according to technical and environmental requirements and will be constructed in full compliance with all relevant legislation. The Crace tower will be 20 metres high.

(9) Telstra anticipates its total investment in upgraded telecommunications for the Gungahlin and Dunlop areas to be approximately $5 million. The figure includes the exchange in the Gungahlin Town Centre.


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