The next big leap for infrastructure in agriculture and the regions is better connectivity. Currently, many farmers and regional communities are paying excessive bills and have unreliable service and data limits.
Connectivity and mobile data are essential for the efficiency of farming, land management and regional communities in the technological world. Tackling this issue would be game-changing for regional economies.
WA’s grain belt could have enterprise-grade, affordable broadband services to rival the NBN within three years.
The WA SuperNet plan supported by Cooperative Bulk Handling (CBH) Group and rail network operator Arc Infrastructure aims to deliver enterprise-grade affordable broadband services throughout the grain belt. It involves a backhaul network of 4000km of new optic fibre cables dug into the easements of the rail network from Northampton to Esperance, and the construction of 40m radio towers on 100 CBH receival bins.
The SuperNet could be structured as a not-for-profit, non-distributing co-operative, enabling the service to be delivered at competitive rates. WA SuperNet would use the infrastructure to provide a wholesale service, while Telstra or other regional service providers would provide a retail service.