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Widelinx Windup

7 September, 2017

Council will wind up its telecommunications company Widelinx.

“Changes in technology, the advent of the NBN and growth in fiber-optic networks, mean there is no need for the company,” Widelinx Chairman and Communications Portfolio Councillor Stuart Taylor said.

“When Widelinx was set up in 2005 there was little fibre optic cable available on the Fraser Coast and Council had spare capacity which it offered to local businesses and residents to connect them to the world through high speed broadband internet.”

While the Council provided the fibre optic cable network, a partner company operated and managed the communications network.

Council will now help transition the remaining nine clients to another company.

“Widelinx served its purpose in connecting the region to the greater fibre optic network and the digital economy when it was needed,” Cr Taylor said.

“Now that businesses and residents can connect easily to other networks there is no need for Widelinx to continue.”