Armidale a test site for network

SOUTHERN Cross University’s campaign to have Coffs Harbour as the hub for early roll-out of the National Broadband Network is still on track, despite Armidale being chosen as a trial site.

News came this week that Armidale was one of five regional towns chosen to trial the network, with construction of the fibre-optic network due to begin construction later this year.

But SCU’S Professor of Information Technology and Information Systems, Professor Peter Croll, said the decision was simply a matter of technical testing and had no effect on their campaign.

“It doesn’t affect our campaign in any way – in fact, it could be slightly advantageous,” Prof. Croll said.

“This is just technical testing of the wiring in a number of suburbs. The trial sites, which are only suburbs and not a whole town, do not impact the choice of regions that will be selected when the roll-out occurs.”

He said in the meantime, the campaign was moving along well and they are quietly confident of success.

“There have been a lot of good responses,” he said.

“I think it’s important to point out that we’re not campaigning to be the first place the network is rolled out to but one of the early places. If we can get in the top half of the list that would be great – if we could get in the top half of the top half that would be even better.

“If not, this campaign is still about being ready for the roll-out.

“We’re still confident this can happen and we’ve received a positive response from various authorities, even though they can’t give us anything specific.”

For more information on the campaign visit www.gobroadband.org.au.



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