In August 2010 Telstra using satellite-fed 3G technology connected Birdsville, which is located about 1,600km west from Brisbane, 700km south of Mt Isa (Qld) and 1,600km north from Adelaide (SA). The town and surrounding region has a steady population of about 200-300 people which often increases in the tourist season to more than 6,000. The 3G coverage will be about 30kms.
The permanent satellite equipment was supplied by Telstra with Ericsson supplying the base station equipment. Previously Telstra had only temporary towers when the Birdsville races were held.
Meanwhile Optus which has had 2G coverage in Birdsville since 2009 and also had temporary towers previously during the race season plans to have permanent 3G coverage also in 2010.
For more information on the mobile satellite services market, see separate reports:
- Australia – High-speed satellite services;
- Australia – Mobile satellite Services.
- Technology – Infrastructure – Long Distance 4 – Microwave, Satellite.
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