Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Futureproofing telecommunications in Norfolk Island

Media Release

MM122/2018

14 July 2018

I am pleased to announce reliable mobile phone and internet services are coming to Norfolk Island with the Coalition Government supporting the installation of a 4G network under the Building Better Regions Fund–Infrastructure Projects stream.

The government is committing $3.45 million towards the $4.6 million Futureproofing Telecommunications in Norfolk Island project, where a modern and reliable 4G mobile telecommunication network will replace the obsolete 2G mobile phone network. The Norfolk Island Regional Council will provide the remaining $1.15 million towards this important initiative.

This is a fantastic outcome for Norfolk Island. Modern communication infrastructure is an important tool for remote communities and one that is often taken for granted on the mainland. This announcement provides certainty to the community that it will stay connected and have access to the communications needed to prosper.

This new and improved network will give the community much better access to online services and business opportunities, and will also make it easier for locals to link to the mainland and the rest of the world, ensuring the Island will continue to thrive into the future.

The project will unlock capacity in areas of health, education, safety, business and tourism without sacrificing the essential characteristics of the island lifestyle, benefiting every community member and visitor to Norfolk Island.

Key design features of this project include:

  • extending the network device to cover the black spots with installation of five new base stations;
  • upgrading the O3B Antenna and the Satellite Earth Station;
  • installation of fit for purpose Hotspot Wifi infrastructure; and
  • unlocking mobile data capacity on Norfolk Island.

Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund—Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total project value of $459 million.

This grant builds on the Coalition Government's ongoing commitment to Norfolk Island which includes the additional $38.7 million in funding for services and infrastructure announced in the 2018–19 Federal Budget.