Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:41

SpeedCast reconnecting Christmas Island

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Christmas Island's local ISP stopped providing services at the beginning of this month, but SpeedCast International has stepped in to fill the gap until NBN services are more widely deployed on the island.

An agreement between the Australian Government and SpeedCast will see the latter delivering wireless and 4G network services on Christmas Island until 30 June, providing a transition period while NBN services to be installed more widely on the island.

"SpeedCast has extensive experience in remote locations around the world and is proud to support Christmas Island by maintaining connectivity for its residents and local businesses," said SpeedCast executive vice-president for enterprise and emerging markets Andrew Burdall.

"A team from SpeedCast will be deployed to Christmas Island this week to oversee the change and revitalise the local internet infrastructure."

To accelerate the process, disconnected internet accounts are being reactivated ahead of the migration to SpeedCast accounts over the coming weeks.

SpeedCast will work with community members to evaluate Ka-band Internet service on Christmas Island, which would provide different speed options and committed levels of network availability as an alternative to NBN services.

Image: David Stanley [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

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