Regional Australia is a vast area of great distances between population centres often with low population density. Despite this low density, regional production value rivals that of metro production. NBN, however, has chosen population density as its metric for technology delivery resulting in almost all regional Australia’s internet demand being served by two Sky Muster geosynchronous satellites with fixed capacity and limited speed.
Join is as we look at digital connectivity in regional Australia. Hear from DPIRD’s Digital Economy Manager, Robert Smallwood as he presents the challenges faced by West Australians and discusses the initiatives being delivered by the WA Government to provide world-class terrestrial broadband networks across the remotest parts of our country.
Title: Digital Networks in Regional Australia – Field of Dreams or Highway to Hell
Date: Tuesday 20th April, 2021
Time: 3pm AWST / 5pm AEST
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Robert is a member of Agricultural Technology team at the Western Australian Government Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). He is based in Geraldton, Western Australia where he works with the Perth AgTech team developing and co-funding high performance digital networks that are being built and managed by Retail Service Providers throughout regional Western Australia. Over the past two years, the team has delivered projects providing coverage of more than 100,000 square kilometres (mostly through 5.8GHz, class-licence fixed wireless technology), with performance exceeding 100mbs download speeds in most areas. Additional projects underway. Robert’s background includes executive and consultancy roles in IT and telecommunications, renewable energy, and technology venture capital in Sydney; and previously in media, broadcasting and academic research in the USA.