Australia improves Wi-Fi technology to better connect Territorians

In Australia, an announcement made by the Northern Territory Government highlighted the trial of a new Wi-Fi technology that will provide Wi-Fi to Territorians who live in remote areas. This will solve issues concerning difficult to non-existent telecommunications where they live.

The new Wi-Fi technology that was tested at the NT Government’s Douglas Daly Research Farm, located 200 kilometres south-west of Darwin, can benefit a lot of Territorians located in remote areas.

The results of the trial can be considered a game-changer for the people who live on outback stations according to Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles.

He said, “We believe people in remote regions deserve good services.”

He added, “We have many remote areas where telecommunications are difficult or non-existent.”

“The Territory Labour Government recognises improved Wi-Fi coverage could transform life in these regions, and has been working with long-distance telecommunications company Agrinet to do something about it,” he explained.

This innovative collaboration between the Department of Primary Industry and Resources and Agrinet saw widespread Wi-Fi coverage achieved across the 3100ha Douglas Daly Research Farm.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources brings together many of the key functions that drive economic development on Northern Territory (NT) lands coastal areas and inland waterways.

Agrinet provides farm wide Wi-Fi. According to their website, they are able to build massive wireless networks that give farmers reliable internet and mobile coverage wherever they need it.

“Widespread Wi-Fi coverage can mean better cattle management, increased worker safety, improved mental health for residents, and the ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology,” Mr Vowles said.

The technology, designed by Agrinet, will not be dependent on just one provider and is suitable for farms with any type of internet connection.

“This technology is designed to be installed and maintained by farmers, removing the expense of telecommunications experts having to travel for hours out bush,” Mr Vowles said.

He added, “Once installed, it will allow anyone with a smartphone or tablet to connect.”

The coverage of the first tower installed at the research farm saw signal reach 2km through thick bush. The coverage widened once the technology was installed on a water tower. The range increased to 10km.

From the Douglas Daly Research farm, the next step of the trial will see the technology installed at Victoria River Research Station. The size of this station is 10 times the size of Douglas Daly Research Farm.

“Improved Wi-Fi could fundamentally change how Territorians in remote areas communicate and do business,” Mr Vowles said.

He added, “We will continue working with industry to see results for people in our remote areas.”

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