This report raises awareness of the importance of telecommunications infrastructure to the community's social and economic well being and aims to generate debate on the appropriate level of telecommunications infrastructure required to meet Australia's needs.The 2007 Telecommunications Infrastructure Report Card was undertaken to raise awareness of the importance of telecommunications infrastructure to the community’s social and economic well being and to generate debate on the appropriate level of telecommunications infrastructure required to meet Australia’s needs.
This report examines: the quantity of fixed infrastructure for telecommunications transmission, whether there is an adequate level of access to that fixed infrastructure by customers and the availability of infrastructure for mobile communications.
The Report Card assigns a rating which ranges from A (very good) to F (inadequate). The ratings are based on the fixed access infrastructure on a household density basis and mobile infrastructure on a land density basis.
The Report Card found Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure is heavily concentrated in Eastern Australia, particularly in and between capital cities. This leads to a reasonable level of access in these areas, but this diminishes for rural and regional Australia.
Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are interconnected by high capacity links and these provide infrastructure benefits for centres such as Bendigo and the Gold Coast that are adjacent to those links. For other locations, including some State capital cities such as Hobart and Darwin, infrastructure provision is generally poor.
Over the period 2000 to 2005, Engineers Australia produced a series of Infrastructure Report Cards at a national, State and Territory level. These Report Cards assessed the planning, management, funding and provision of Australia’s transport, water and energy infrastructure. The 2007 Telecommunications Infrastructure Report Card adds to the suite of existing Infrastructure Report Cards.
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