Going wireless in the bush: the revolution will be televised (Podcast)

CSIRO is developing wireless broadband technology that could operate using barely a quarter the number of transmission towers required by current systems.

Without access to a wireless broadband connection allowing the upload of information at the same rate it can be downloaded, people living beyond Australia’s planned fibre network are potentially facing a digital divide.

But now, in what could prove to be a major breakthrough for people living in rural and regional Australia, CSIRO is developing wireless broadband technology that could operate using barely a quarter of the number of transmission towers required by current systems, and provide fast up and down speeds.

CSIRO’s Ngara technology aims to bring wireless broadband access to people living in the bush by using existing broadcasting infrastructure and UHF spectrum, such as that left behind when Australian TV goes 100 per cent digital.

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