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07 April 2021
Wimmera leaders are confident an upgrade to 5G mobile services in Ararat will enhance the rural city’s liveability and help attract more people to move to the region.
Connectivity speeds will be ‘significantly faster’ in Ararat, with network provider Telstra completing the upgrade late last week.
Ararat is among a list of cities in western Victoria with access to Telstra’s next generation of mobile technology, including Ballarat, Horsham and Hamilton.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Tim Harrison said one of the organisation’s top priorities was improving connectivity to help drive innovation and encourage more investment in the Ararat region.
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“This helps make Ararat a prime location for those looking for a tree-change. We know there’s appetite for people looking to relocate to Grampians region,” he said.
“With the Telstra 5G network, those reconsidering their living options can continue to stay connected and work remotely with faster technology.
“Ararat now has the same mobile connectivity you might expect in capital cities and it means our region is now playing on the same field, putting us right in the frame for smart, high-tech jobs.”
Telstra regional general manager Steve Tinker said Telstra 5G in Ararat meant faster download speeds, better capacity on the mobile network even at the busiest times, and lower latency connectivity, which provided a platform for the future of technology and innovation.
“The benefit of these upgrades is they’ll also improve the underlying network capability, boosting capacity and speeds for Telstra’s existing 4G customers as well,” he said.
Ararat resident and Grampians Office Services owner Greg Day said there was ‘huge increase’ in internet speeds on the 5G network in Ararat after testing the service on his own device.
“The connection speeds are incredibly fast, nearly triple my existing download and upload speeds,” he said.
“This is a game changer for my business, which relies heavily on mobile data while I’m out visiting clients or installing software while working remotely.”
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