The national broadband network will soon be upgraded to handle the growing number of mobile broadband subscribers.
The Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield, announced the upgrade at the Federal Government’s annual Communications Policy Conference in Melbourne on Wednesday.
“As the broadband market continues to grow, we need to ensure that we have the capacity to support it,” he said.
The network, which has a population of more than 2 million, is due to be rolled out in the next six months.
The Government also plans to extend the network’s bandwidth to 100 megabits per second, which is faster than the current 1.6 megabit per second standard.
More: The upgrade is expected to cost $3 billion over the next four years.
The upgrade will also see the introduction of new, faster connections to the internet, including higher-speed fibre optic lines.
The upgraded network will cover more than 50 per cent of the population of the state of Victoria, which currently covers a population size of about 1.4 million.
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