26 September 2023

Faster internets to speed up school learning

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The Department of Education has entered a partnership with Telstra which has promised to make internet speeds in State schools 200 times faster than they are now.

Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said the necessary work was already under way, with upgrades to roll out from the start of next term.

“We know how important the internet has become in our modern society, from our workplaces to our homes and in our schools for our children’s education and future,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

She said the partnership would ensure teachers and students had access to the latest digital technologies and tools for their classrooms.

Minister for Education, Grace Grace said the first phase of the contract would increase average internet speeds by 40 times to all schools by the end of next year, and by 200 times in 2026.

“Around 40 schools will be connected to fibre optic for the first time and our more isolated communities will not be left behind,” Ms Grace said.

“Newer technologies, like Next Generation Satellites, will be used to deliver faster internet where terrestrial options are less practical,” she said.

The Minister said Telstra’s upgrades to hundreds of exchanges would also mean flow-on benefits for communities and businesses.

“This partnership will also see Telstra invest $110 million to upgrade hundreds of exchanges across Queensland,” she said.

“Around 350 have already been identified and there will be more added as the work progresses.

“For example, hospitality businesses will have access to reliable online and automated booking systems, will be able to increase their online marketing and improve visitor experiences,” Ms Grace said.

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