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"Today I can announce another $250 million investment to support a one-hundred fold increase in internet speeds in key parts of Queensland through the SuperGrid."

Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

What is the SuperGrid Telecommunications Program?

The SuperGrid Telecommunications Program is a joint initiative between Powerlink and QCN to improve access to high-speed internet and mobile phone coverage to regional areas.

Many Queenslanders in regional and remote areas have limited access to high-speed internet and mobile phone services. They often rely on satellite or copper connections, which can be slow, unreliable and expensive. This can affect their ability to access telehealth, online learning, emergency information, banking, e-commerce and other digital services.

QCN provides telecommunications services by accessing the spare capacity on the fibre optic cables that are strung along Powerlink’s transmission towers which also support wireless equipment to boost mobile phone signals in identified areas of poor coverage.

How will the program be rolled out?

The SuperGrid Telecommunications Program will be rolled out in line with development of Queensland’s SuperGrid and Renewable Energy Zones. The initial target areas will be transmission corridors associated with the CopperString 2032 and Borumba Pumped Hydro projects.

Powerlink and QCN are working to overlay the SuperGrid with identified mobile phone and broadband black spots. Mapping these areas across the SuperGrid will help identify optimal locations for boosting broadband capacity along these routes.

We will be working with local Councils and other black spot programs to maximise the benefits of better connectivity and economic opportunities for Queensland and its regional and remote communities.

How can I find out more about this program?

If you want to learn more about the SuperGrid Telecommunications Program, please visit powerlink.com.au or send an email to enquiries@qcn.com.au.

We will keep you updated on the progress of the program. Powerlink and QCN are committed to working with you and your community.

 

Levelling the playing field between the City and the Bush - CopperString 2032

QCN’s CopperString Program Director Mark Girard explains why the Powerlink-led project will help bridge the digital divide for communities between Townsville and Mount Isa.

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