Businesses in or moving to the Latrobe Valley now have access to symmetrical gigabit broadband thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in a newly completed world-class local broadband network.
Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced completion of the enhanced broadband pilot project, made possible thanks to a $1.1 million investment from the Labor Government’s $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program.
The project, which has been delivered through Victorian-based provider Spirit Telecom (Spirit), will improve business-grade broadband options in Latrobe City’s key employment precincts, and enable access to internet speeds up to 10 times faster than currently available – the same or better speeds than many commercial grade internet services in metropolitan regions around the world.
Spirit has built seven fixed wireless towers in and around Morwell, to provide coverage to the Gippsland Hi-Tech Precinct and Innovation Centre, the Gippsland Logistics Precinct, Morwell CBD, the emerging Food and Manufacturing Precinct, and the Aerospace Precinct at Latrobe Regional Airport in Traralgon.
With business relying more and more on digital connectivity, the project will help encourage more companies to move to the Valley and support local businesses to better connect with their customers. The new service is also available to households that need superfast upload speeds to stay connected to jobs, family and friends.