Work to disrupt internet service

BUNDABERG residents can expect disruptions to their internet services with Optus expected to lay fibre optic cable within the city in the coming months.

Representatives from Optus were seen door-knocking on Branyan Street on Saturday morning, telling residents upgrade works were expected soon.

A spokesperson for Optus said yesterday it was trying to clarify the nature of the work the door-knockers were talking about.

But Optus Country general manager Anthony Shiner confirmed upgrade works were in progress in the area.

“In addition to new sites at Bundaberg, Elliott Heads and Burnett Heads, we are planning further investments in new infrastructure at Sharon, Bargara and Gooburrum,” he said. “These new towers will provide 3G mobile services including voice and broadband to the area.”

Mr Shiner said the infrastructure would offer users more of a choice about their phone service.

“This new investment confirms Optus’s commitment to supporting the local community in Bundaberg by delivering services that our customers are asking for and technology that helps make their lives easier,” he said.

But Optus is not the only telecommunications company with expansion plans. Telstra has launched a new mobile broadband service which provides more reliable wireless internet.

Telstra Country Wide area general manager Barbara Wells said research had shown more than two thirds of regional Australians used broadband at work.

“Technology plays a huge part in allowing Australians to work outside the office and embrace better work-life balance,” Ms Wells said.

“With such increasing uptake in mobile working, we may well be witnessing a cultural shift in the way Australians work.”

A survey found each week more than a quarter of Australians spent five or more hours working outside of the office, with many of those using mobile broadband.

“Three quarters of respondents who work remotely say it has given them the ability to complete work and attend a personal occasion at the same time,” she said.

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