New satellites to shore up KI's communications in a disaster

New satellites to shore up KI's disaster communications | MAP

Communities in Kangaroo Island will have access to better broadband connectivity during natural disasters, with the rollout of satellite dishes by NBN Co on emergency buildings around Australia, including Rural Fire Service depots and evacuation centres.

Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan on Wednesday, February 24, welcomed the installation of satellite dishes at Kingscote Station and Kangaroo Island Group Base and said that this was a crucial investment to assist people in disaster-affected areas stay connected with family and essential services.

"A report prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) revealed that mobile network outages during the 2019-20 summer bushfires were overwhelmingly due to loss of power rather than fire damage," Senator McLachlan said.

"That is why the Morrison Government's $37.1 million Securing Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters (STAND) package is crucial investment in improving the resilience of our communications networks.

"These satellite services will also act as a critical piece of infrastructure for emergency service workers in my paired electorate of Mayo by providing them with connectivity to help manage their disaster response and recovery efforts"

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, welcomed the latest satellite dish installations from NBN Co, ahead of the next bushfire season.

"...these dishes will help people in disaster affected locations stay in contact before, during and after a bushfire or other disaster," Minister Fletcher said.

This announcement is the continuation of the federal government's $37.1m STAND package to improve the resilience of communications networks.