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Outland internet boosted by cable

05 Apr, 2020

REGIONAL Queensland will soon have access to a broadband internet network that rivals the speed and prices of Australia’s metropolitan cities by using thousands of kilometres of idle fibre optic cables. State Government start-up QCN Fibre has begun taking on the wholesale internet duopoly of Telstra and Optus which has lumbered consumers and businesses from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns with slow and expensive services. Utilising 6000km of underused cabling from publicly owned power distributors, QCN Fibre will sell wholesale services to local internet providers and also compete with the National Broadband Network. It is hoped the extra competition will stop established firms and the next generation of innovators, who cannot compete because of poor internet access, from ditching regional areas. By exploiting the significant excess capacity in the cabling used by power companies to monitor networks, QCN Fibre is initially targeting Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. Warwick meat processors John Dee is already using the network for real-time trading with international customers after the firm had considered moving some jobs to Brisbane. And a wireless internet provider in Julia Creek, between Townsville and Mt Isa, has cut wholesale costs by 70 per cent and doubled capacity for…

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Queensland’s newest backhaul provider ready to launch services

17 Mar, 2020

QCN Fibre’s chief executive Derek Merdith says the Queensland government backed backhaul provider expects to kick off services from April.…

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