The deployment will deliver Internet access across 14 of the region’s islands, many of which currently have patchy outdoor coverage, or only have 3G services.
Telstra say the project is designed to improve Internet access by building additional infrastructure at Sue Island, Coconut Island, Stephens Island, Dauan Island, Boigu Island and Mabuiag Island and 4G coverage at Yam Island, Maer Island and Saibai Island.
Telstra commercial engineering executive Sriharana (Sri) Amirthalingam says the expansion project will not only support essential services like police, health and education providers, but will also help stimulate local business by opening up opportunities for tourism.
“We’re committed to ensuring all Australians have access to world-class connectivity, improving participation in the digital economy. That’s why we’re working on projects such as the Torres Strait Digital Expansion.
“Telstra takes its responsibility to bridge the digital divide between the city and remote Australian communities very seriously, which is why we’ve already delivered a number of projects in the Torres Strait to enable customers to access faster fixed line broadband, make mobile calls and access fast wireless data.
“We’ll be working hard over the coming months to install our new infrastructure in the region, so everyone can thrive in the connected future,” Amirthalingam concluded.