AARNet continues to develop options for Gbps In ernet services to the niversity sector leveraging commercial infrastructure where appropriate. The current status of Gbps Internet services to the USQ at Fraser Coast and US
C at Sippy Downs under AARNet management is progressing; however due to the Blackspot (on the coastal strip between Brisbane and Rockhampton) the timeline for this to be addressed remains indeterminate and funding
dependent. QRAIL/Widelinx The Fraser Coast Regional Council and IP Syst
ems have partnered to form Widelinx, which was established to provide improved networking connectivity to the Hervey Bay region. IP Systems is a specialist supplier of IP Telephony and managed services over its own Multi-
service network, providing enhanced carrier-class voice and data services, via broadband connectivity. The fibre path between Maryborough to Hervey Bay now provides Gigabit capability, however the only affordable, though imited, solution for backhaul capacity to Brisbane remains via Queensland Rail.
Queensland Rail (QR) owns and maintains a large and diverse telecommunications network covering the entire railway network in Queensland. This network consists of microwave
radio, copper and fibre optic cable and associated telecommunications network equipment and infrastructure. Over the past 10 plus years, QR has selectively entered into commercial arrangements with telecommunications carriers such as Ergon subsidiary, Nexium Telecommunications, for the provision of telecommunications services utilising QR telecommunication infrastructure and the railway corridor. QR and Nexium continue to develop and evaluate commercial opportunities on a needs, risk and business basis however, a cost-effective high-bandwidth backhaul solution between Brisbane and Maryborough is not available at this present time.
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