Internet in Christmas Island

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Internet in Christmas Island is supplied by SpeedCast.[1] According to the 2016 Australian census, 78.5% of the population accessed the Internet from home.[2]

History

Christmas Island's Internet services were previously supplied by Christmas Island Internet Administration Limited (CiiA), but were cut on March 1, 2017, affecting about 1000 customers' 4G and fixed wireless services. Landline and 2G services were not affected. The company stated it was forced to close because it could not compete with the National Broadband Network (NBN). CiiA lodged a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to stop the NBN rollout, but failed.[3] The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development stated the company had refused financial support.[4]

On March 14, 2017, SpeedCast announced it had reached an agreement with the Australian Government to deliver wireless and 4G services until June 30 of the same year, to allow a transition period until more NBN services were installed.[5] Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash thanked SpeedCast for "stepping in to provide an internet service that will get Christmas Island back online."[1]

See also

.cx - Internet domain name for Christmas Island

References

  1. ^ a b "Internet access returned to Christmas Island". Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  2. ^ "2016 Census QuickStats: Christmas Island". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  3. ^ Moulton, Emily (2017-02-28). "Christmas Island internet services cut". PerthNow. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  4. ^ "Christmas Island Internet Services". Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  5. ^ "Speedcast Returns Internet Services to Christmas Island". SpeedCast. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
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