Issue No 13: 18 May 2020
Consultation on Draft Alternative Voice Services Trials Guidelines
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is seeking views on the design of Alternative Voice Services trials.
The objective of the trials is to find better ways to deliver voice services in rural and remote areas generally and in particular in areas served by high capacity radio concentrator (HCRC) systems.
The trials will focus on rural and remote areas of Australia that are within NBN Co’s fixed wireless and satellite footprint and that are generally dependent on Telstra copper and HCRC networks for voice services.
Customers would keep their existing fixed voice service, such as a copper or HCRC service at their expense as a safety net, but the alternative services would act as their primary service for the period of the trials.
Read the consultation paper here.
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