Reliable internet connections are an important consideration for many people when deciding where to live – and now efforts are underway to improve such services in the Northern Territory.
A program to roll out new mobile and fixed broadband services has been announced by Telstra and the NT government.
A total of eight new mobile facilities and six ADSL2+ fixed broadband sites are planned for roll-out over the coming months, which will be jointly funded by the organisations.
Although people in apartments in Darwin and other areas of the state will see more reliable mobile phones and faster broadband, this program will have benefits that reach much further.
Chief executive officer of Telstra David Thodey explained that effective communications are essential for communities and the wider economy.
"Network technologies have an extraordinary power to drive innovation, possibility and business opportunities, particularly in remote areas and communities," he noted.
Mr Thodey also emphasised that the education sector will be able to benefit from these technologies, as the options available to teachers are broadened – virtual classrooms will become more accessible in some parts of the Territory.
Telstra is already responsible for managing 131,000 services throughout the NT's 1.3 million square kilometres.