Australia will pay out-bound phone calls as part of a plan to shift away from the traditional telecommunication services it has relied on to connect with remote parts of the country, the Government has announced.
Key points:The Government has already announced plans to move to a direct out-of-home service by 2021Australians will be able to call outbound calls through the telecommunication company’s mobile network outbound call services will be moved to the Government’s mobile app by the end of 2021Telecommunications provider Telstra will take over the Government Communications Security Bureau and other functions from the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the near futurePrime Minister Scott Morrison says the move will not affect Australians’ access to the NBN”We will ensure that outbound telephone services are used for Australians who can’t reach the NBN or who are in remote areas, who are rural, or those who cannot reach an NBN provider,” Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement.
“We also know that the cost of connecting the NBN with our mobile network has risen by more than 300 per cent in the past two years, making it increasingly difficult for some Australians to access the NBN.”
The Government says the changes are part of its vision of a better NBN for all Australians, and that it has already allocated an extra $4.5 billion for the network to improve service.
The Government is also working on a national broadband network and a national telephone network to bring the network into better balance with other communications technologies.
The NBN will be rolled out to every home and business in Australia by the middle of 2021.
In the first stage of the rollout, a total of 1.8 million homes and businesses will have access to NBN services, with up to 100 per cent of those being covered by Telstra’s network.
“The rollout will be completed by 2021 and we expect that there will be significant impacts on our telecommunications infrastructure over the coming years,” Mr Turnbull said.
“Telecommunications infrastructure in Australia has improved over the past three years, and we know that Telstra and Optus are making a contribution to this improvement.”
The rollout of the National Telecommunication Network will also be rolled back to the early 2000s.
“For the first time in Australian history, we will move the rollout to the second stage, which will bring down the NBN’s copper network to a copper-based network that has a much lower latency than the copper network we have now,” Mr Morrison said.
He said this would enable the NBN to “enhance our mobile coverage and increase broadband speeds”.
“That will make it easier for more Australians to get online,” Mr Malcolm said.
Telecommunications Minister Malcolm Hunt said he was confident that the NBN would deliver a “fantastic” network that would help Australians get online and access the internet faster.
“That’s why we have to move ahead, and this is why we are so proud of the NBN,” Mr Hunt said.
Mr Hunt said the NBN had been a “bargain-driven” deal, with many of the companies involved receiving money in return for making NBN-related deals.
“But we’re going to get the NBN, we’re not going to sell it off for any other reason than to make it a success,” Mr Harper said.
The Minister said the Government was committed to building the NBN network to meet the needs of Australians, but would not be “pandering” to those in remote communities.
“It’s about building the best network that’s possible for us, and it’s not about selling the network,” he said.
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