Telco Internode will deploy some AU$3.5
million of broadband infrastructure through rural South Australia
in a new project responding to the needs of a regional group of
The group -- dubbed the Central Local Government Region of SA
(CLGR) -- in July publicly called for proposals on how to
eliminate broadband blackspots in their areas.
CLGR collectively covers a large portion of rural South
Australia, from the Barossa and Clare valleys through to the
Flinders Ranges and the Yorke Peninsula.
"Through an agreement with the CLGR, Internode's
infrastructure arm Agile Communications will roll out
communications equipment that puts broadband within reach of most
of the region's more than 80,000 residents," a statement issued
Friday by Internode said.
"When combined with current projects, this deal means that
Internode's broadband infrastructure will ultimately cover a vast
area of rural South Australia from the coast through to the
The deal is being supported jointly by Internode, the federal
government's Broadband Connect subsidy program, the state
government and the councils.
Both wireless and fixed-line broadband (ADSL2+) will be
CLGR executive officer Anita Crisp said the decision to select
Internode was based on "a combination of Internode's very strong
proposal and its sound history and proven record of success
working in rural South Australia."
"Importantly, Internode is offering a region-wide solution,"
she said in Internode's statement.
Councils participating in the project include Barunga West, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, Copper Coast, Flinders Ranges, Goyder, Mallala, Mount Remarkable, Northern Areas, Orroroo/Carrieton, Peterborough, Port Pirie and Wakefield. Internode will also extend the network to Leigh Creek.