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Australia’s Telecommunications Association Telsoc has repeated its call for the federal government to fast-track improvements to the country’s telecommunications infrastructure – including mobile and the National Broadband Network – as part of its response to the Coronavirus.

TelSoc says its concern initially emanated from the Government’s announcement that medical and mental health staff can bulk-bill sessions conducted over video conferencing services like FaceTime, Skype and the like.

Telsoc says universities, schools and businesses are starting to close down their physical operations and rely instead on people accessing the Internet from home.

“As if the failures in our telecommunications infrastructure were not bad enough during the bushfires, Too many NBN customers experience very poor connectivity due to many reasons including outdated technologies”, said TelSoc President Professor Reg Coutts.

And TelSoc vice president Laurie Patton says he believes the NBN’s “weaknesses” will become more evident as more people need to use the Internet.

”Telstra has ordered its staff to work from home. Schools and universities are about to close campuses and deliver lectures online. Doctors can now bulk-bill for consultations done over Skype, etc. That’s a lot of people all wanting Internet access”.

As reported by iTWire, TelSoc recently told a Parliamentary NBN committee the country needs bipartisan agreement on a plan to fix the NBN.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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