Telstra gets to work on Flinders Island

UPGRADES: Telstra design engineer Paul Smrcka surveying Flinders Island. The telecommunications upgrade is an $11 million project. Picture: Supplied
UPGRADES: Telstra design engineer Paul Smrcka surveying Flinders Island. The telecommunications upgrade is an $11 million project. Picture: Supplied

Telstra has started upgrading telecommunications infrastructure at Flinders Island.

The upgrade will include a new microwave radio system between Waterhouse Island and Flinders Island, a 76-kilometre optic fibre link joining major population centres, and an upgrade to 4GX capability for four mobile sites.

“Our teams are beginning site assessments for new mobile base stations and other infrastructure that will deliver download speeds across fixed and mobile internet comparable to mainland regional areas,” Telstra area general manager Michael Patterson said.

The $11 million works are co-funded by the Flinders Island Council, the state and federal governments, and Telstra.