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Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to approve an agreement with NexiumCommunications (an Ergon Energy Company) and Next Generation Voice (NGV) to provide highspeed internet and data services to Council businesses and the broader community.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said it has been identified that the Proserpine and Bowen Water TreatmentPlants do not have an adequate communication link to facilitate the integration of the newtelemetry systems and operational network, therefore an upgrade is required.“The alliance Council has entered with Nexium and NGV will provide a high-speed internet anddata services to the Proserpine and Bowen Water Treatment Plants, as well as the opportunity toupgrade these services at other Council businesses such as libraries, airports and depots,” shesaid.“The Nexium–NGV alliance is the most advantageous and economically viable option for Council to gain high-speed internet access and is also advantageous for the community, as the high-speed services will also be offered to local educational institutions and businesses, by NGV.
“From early 2015, the high-speed services will be available to interested educational institutionsand businesses across the Whitsunday region, through provider NGV.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the Whitsunday region to pursue competition for high speeddata services to local businesses. Some additional services that will be available include highspeed internet, VoIP, VPN and Cloud services.
“These high speed services will be made possible by upgrading Council owned optic fibre in theProserpine Main St providing Ergon Energy (Nexium) with an access point to the network.
“This allows for the high speed services to be delivered network wide to Council and branches off from there to the community.
“The Bowen Depot radio link will be included in the upgrade and the radio link network will beexpanded to Cannonvale.
“Licensed radio links are being rolled out using existing and new carrier grade networkinfrastructure and hardware that results in minimising costs and delivering a quicker installationtime frame,” she said.
The NGV network is backed by State Government owned Nexium, an Ergon Energy Company for their main internet backhaul.
NGV has expressed interest in expanding service offering by providing Wi-Fi internet to theCannonvale and Airlie Beach and delivering similar high-speed data communications to business interests around the Bowen and Collinsville areas.
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