Field Solutions Group (FSG/ASX)
The Balonne Shire Council Digital Connectivity Project is a strategic and staged project that focuses on the area of internet connectivity.
An added benefit of the project could be the possibility to investigate the use of the towers for further connectivity upgrades and IOT (Internet of Things) gateways.
Stage 1 is proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions program. Stages 3 and 4 have been made possible with funding by the Australian Government under the Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program.
Site Selection and Preparations
Field Solutions Group, the appointed network operator for the Balonne Digital Connectivity Project, has now completed all geo technical studies and soil sampling for the new tower sites.
Updates on the final locations of towers will be made available by Field Solutions Group by the end of October 2020.
23 October 2020 UPDATE : Final PoP locations for Stages 1, 3 and 4 can be found here
Retail Plans and Next Steps
When the construction phase is complete, the infrastructure will be owned and operated by Field Solutions Group. The network will provide wholesale broadband to retailers i.e. internet service providers (ISP) or retail service providers (RSP) who offer the internet plans to end-users (customers).
Field Solutions Group will run update information sessions at the end of November 2020.
Indicative Plans (subject to confirmation)
At launch, retail plans will be available from Field Solutions’ retail group (including JustISP) and other wholesalers who may choose to resell services in the region. The table below shows indicative consumer pricing which will be confirmed by December 2020.
Speeds up to 1000/1000mbps available.
*Installation will depend on distance from nearest point of presence.
Note: There may already be fixed wireless solutions available to end-users (customers), or, other internet solutions available, end-users will need to make their own decision on which plans and ISPs they want to utilise for their homes or businesses. Council has no commercial relationship with any ISP. Before relying on any information or offers made by an ISP, end-users must undertake the necessary due diligence.
Balonne Shire Council facilitated the delivery of this project by sourcing funding and Council will provide overall project management and oversight. Once each stage is complete, the infrastructure will be owned and operated by the appointed network operator, Field Solutions Group. The network will provide wholesale broadband to internet service provider (ISP) retailer(s) who provide retail internet plans.
Note: More information will be made available by Field Solutions Group regarding the approved ISP retailer(s) for their network. There may already be fixed wireless solutions available to end-users (customers), or, other internet solutions available and therefore end-users will need to make their own decision on which plans and ISPs they want to utilise for their homes or businesses and undertake the necessary due diligence when selecting any retail plans. Council has no commercial relationship with any ISP.
1 Final Stage 1 design (including tower-POP locations) depends on land access negotiations
2 MDBEDP – Murray–Darling Economic Development Program (Australian Government).