Residents to tap in to FIFO internet

Pipeline workers won't be the only ones flying, with top speed internet becoming available to Surat Basin residents.

Pipeline workers won’t be the only ones flying, with top speed internet becoming available to Surat Basin residents.

A new fixed wireless network in the Surat Basin will benefit local residents as well as FIFO workers at the QCG Charlie pipeline project.

Telecommunications company March IT recently announced the launch of SuratConnect, a large internet network with speeds comparable to that of Australia’s largest cities.

Director Geoff Marsh says that the high-speed network is primarily to provide internet connectivity to FIFO worker camps, but the services will also become available to residents in the area.

We’ve got Wi-Fi provisions for almost 3,500 [FIFO] rooms at the moment,” he says.

“On the back of that infrastructure investment that has already taken place we are expanding coverage to other businesses, landholders, farms and agricultural landholders in the region where the infrastructure has been created,” he says.

“The initial roll out… it targeted for the area surrounding the QGC Charlie Project primarily because there is very little telecommunications there.

“For safety and worker wellbeing purposes we want to make sure they have got communications there from the get-go.

“We know how important that is for worker morale and for productivity.

“Following on immediately from that we are currently planning a roll-out of the product through Chinchilla and Roma and then beyond that Miles and Wandoan and other areas that would get call for the product.”

The service will give local residents improved access to online technologies like Skype, FaceTime and faster internet browsing.

Mr Marsh says the service will be available to Roma and Chinchilla residents by the end of the year.