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TAS Country : August 12th 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010 Tasmanian Country 11 News speed won't come quickly Continued page 13 it will be longer than the fibre. ''Farmers will have to be very patient waiting for us to get this new network established but they can be assured that they will have access to it.'' Two new satellites had to be de- signed, built, launched and tested and base stations put in before the satellite technology can be activated. ''Its a lot of work,'' Mr Campbell said. ''They will use a frequency spectrum that is not in common use to provide a service designed for broadband with speeds of up to 12 megabits per second to rural users.'' Satellite broadband speed is depen- dent on the number of users at any given time. It is not as resistant to many users as fibre is, Mr Campbell said. ''There are lot of complaints that the satellites are over-subscribed, and peo- ple are getting less than 24 kilobits per sec, which is terrible,'' he said. ''But even in busy hours users should get much higher speeds than they are getting now with any satellite service. ''It is coming and its worth waiting for. It's going to provide remote areas of Tasmanian with far better service than they have experienced to date.'' Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association CEO Jan Davis welcomed the broadband technology. ''We're excited about it,'' ON-LINE LEARNING: TIAR dairy extension services manager Marion Titterton shows the proposed high-speed interactive demonstration website in Burnie. Picture: KIDD CHRIS Videos spread the net JENNIFER CRAWLEY Continued Page 12 A GROUNDBREAKING new website plans to cash in on the National Broadband Network to deliver demonstration videos to farmers. For the first time farmers will be able to stream video at high speeds to give them quick answers. The website, tentatively called the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research Interactive Demonstration Website, has been designed to replace knowledge and skills lost by the demise of agricultural extension ser- vices in the state. Hundreds of videos will be de- livered to farmers via faster broadband speeds that come with the new satellite, fibre optic and wireless technology . BECAUSE WHO YOU VOTE FOR MATTERS greens.org.au Authorised by S. Colgrave, 83 Harrington St Hobart TAS ADVERTISEMENT WE'LL STAND UP FOR FARMERS Christine Milne & Peter Whish-Wilson Senate
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