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Tuesday, November 04, 2003


Australia: State seeks fiber link to mainland for Tasmanian universities

"Tasmanian universities are poised to win funding for a hi-tech link to the mainland under plans to fast-track a fibre-optic network. The sweetener could also prove the key to crucial negotiations over higher education legislation - with Tasmanian senators Brian Harradine and Shayne Murphy demanding a share of $42.5 million in commonwealth funding. Education Minister Brendan Nelson is tipped to announce the deal following complaints Tasmania was being shortchanged by the Australian Research and Education Network. AREN is an upgraded telecommunications link among universities across Australia."


Tasmania is also debating a visionary deployment of FTTH (fiber to the home) in conjunction with development of a state-wide natural gas system; the incremental construction costs of adding fiber to trenches already open for natural gas pipelines is much lower than a dedicated FTTH project.


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