Australian incumbent Telstra has secured spectrum in the 2GHz band for 1,401 regional and remote locations across the country, ZDNet is reporting. It is understood that the new licences issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will allow Telstra to expand its infrastructure in places such as Ballarat in Victoria, Mt Gambier in South Australia and Mudgee in New South Wales. Commenting on the development, Telstra’s chief operating officer Michael Rocca said: ‘These new licences are fundamental to our ability to continue to meet our customers’ demand for ultra-fast, reliable wireless broadband … We are continuing to upgrade the speeds we are offering customers on the Next G network, including our recent announcement that over 100 regional centres are covered by our dual channel technology, meaning that they can access typical download speeds of between 1.1Mbps and 20Mbps.’
In separate but related news, Telstra has also claimed that talks with the government over the sale of its copper network were moving forward, according to Reuters, which cited the telco’s CEO David Thodey as having said that it was ‘making good progress’ in the negotiations. The operator is in talks with the state regarding divesting its fixed line assets to NBN Co, the private-public company that has been set up to oversee the construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) project.