Optus to supply communications system for regional education

The Federal Government has chosen Optus to establish state-of-the-art communications systems to regional and remote students in NSW and the Northern Territory.

In collaboration with the NSW Department of Education and Training and the Northern Territory Department of Employment, Education and Training, Optus will establish interactive distance learning (IDL) infrastructure for small rural communities and isolated homesteads in the Clarence, Murray-Darling and Dubbo areas of NSW and the whole of the Northern Territory.

The new system will deliver education services to about 3700 users in 547 sites including School of the Air and distance education students, isolated indigenous communities, TAFE outreach students and adults seeking vocational education.

The venture is a result of Optus' successful bid to receive National Communications Funding from the Federal Government to establish shared broadband IDL communications infrastructure.

The technology includes real-time streaming video, high-resolution graphics, full duplex audio, two-way data interaction and application sharing capabilities.

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