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P O ST M A ST E R -G E N E R A L 'S DEPARTMENT

N E I iS ' COPT . .

New H elb o u rn e/A d elaid e Trunk System

. The P o stm a ste r-G e n e ra l (Mr. D avidson) announced to d ay t h a t a

c o n tr a c t h as "been l e t to th e B r i t i s h G eneral E l e c t r i c Company P ty . L t d .,

M elbourne, as a g en t f o r th e G eneral E l e c t r i c Company L td ., England, f o r th e

su p p ly o f microwave ra d io -te le p h o n e equipm ent f o r a la r g e - c a p a c ity "broadband

tr u n k system "between Melbourne and A d e laid e .

The c o n tr a c t in c lu d e s th e p r o v is io n o f a d d itio n a l equipm ent f o r

a one-way t e l e v i s i o n r e la y system from A d elaid e v ia Bordertow n to th e p roposed

N a tio n a l T e le v is io n S e rv ic e t r a n s m i t t e r f o r th e K t. Gambier re g io n .

">·. Davidson s a id t h a t i n i t i a l equipment i n s t a l l e d betw een

M elbourne and A delaide w i l l be cap ab le o f p ro v id in g up to 960 te le p h o n e

c o n v e rs a tio n channels and c o u ld be extended as r e q u ir e d to p ro v id e many more

te le p h o n e c h an n e ls p lu s t e l e v i s i o n r e la y f a c i l i t i e s in e i t h e r d i r e c t i o n .

P r o v is io n o f th e system , he s a id , w i l l n o t o n ly meet th e c e r t a i n

r i s i n g demands o f th e f u tu r e f o r te le p h o n e communication betw een M elbourne and

A d e la id e b u t a ls o betw een M elbourne, A ra ra t and Horsham, and A delaide and

B ordertow n.

Mr. D avidson s a i d t h a t th e r e w i l l be tw elve in te rm e d ia te r e p e a te r

s t a t i o n s a t i n t e r v a l s o f about 35 m ile s a lo n g th e ro u te and work had a lre a d y

s t a r t e d on p r o v is io n o f th e n e c e s sa ry b u ild in g s . .

The e n t i r e p r o j e c t , he s a id , i s e x p ec te d to c o s t about £ 1 ,2 5 0 ,0 0 0

and t o be com pleted by th e m iddle o f 1966. .