CommsDay: Queensland government backs infrastructure sharing

Using government-owned fibre assets, improving network redundancy and sharing mobile infrastructure have all been identified as priorities in Queensland’s new 20-year state infrastructure strategy. The Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning oversaw the development of the strategy, which has connected the state’s regions as one of its five focus areas. The […]

New tower for Duaringa to benefit Bluff, Rolleston and Dingo internet speeds

‘What internet’ was the response of the Duaringa Hotel and Caravan Park manager when asked what the internet access was currently like in the area. “The quality is not good at all. Sometimes non-existent. Because some days we just do not have it and it causes havoc in regards to everything from our eftpos, we […]

QCN lights up 35Tbps of Sunshine Coast backhaul

Queensland’s state government backhaul provider QCN Fibre has lit up 35Tbps of diverse capacity from Brisbane to the JGA South landing station at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. Queensland’s digital economy minister Leeanne Enoch MP said: “This new capability aims to support Queensland’s economic recovery and attract new investment into our regions, creating jobs, innovation […]

CommsDay: QCN launches EdgeQnect offering

EXCLUSIVE – Queensland government-backed network operator QCN Fibre has launched a new service offering fibre in datacentres across the state, with more in the works. “Edge datacentres are an emerging industry sector and to date, high capacity backhaul has been a limiting factor,” said QCN Fibre CEO Derek Merdith. “Regionally based edge computing can fast […]

A big win for regional students

“This will effectively provide a 10 to 100-fold increase in digital speeds for the hundreds of residents, schools, businesses and government services in these towns. It is great news for these communities and reaffirms QCN Fibre’s commitment to bridge the digital divide that is prevalent in too many remote parts of Queensland.” QCN Fibre CEO Derek […]

QCN Fibre expands reach to all state NBN POIs

QCN Fibre can provide backhaul to all of NBN Co’s points of interconnect in Queensland, the state government owned company has announced. QCN’s initial work program involved connecting its existing fibre network to six regional NBN POIs in Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. “Our launch strategy was to activate services to these key […]

QCN hatches plan to unite disparate Regional Connectivity bids to secure co-funding

Queensland backhaul provider QCN Fibre is working on a “master proposal” for the $83m Regional Connectivity Program that will draw together projects across rural Queensland into a unified application for the federal co-funding initiative. The telco is seeking expressions of interest to be part of its proposal. The state government-owned carrier has around 12,000 kilometres […]

Toowoomba businesses eyeing off digital future

In 2020, the Chamber of Commerce Queensland released its digital readiness report. The report looked at how businesses use technology, rates of adoption, performance and limitations. The report found an increasing use of social media to engage and reach customers, an increased use of cloud-based technologies due to improved services, and many business expressing improved […]