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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 108

Question No. 248

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 26 May 1983:

(1) What progress is being made with the Digital Radio Concentrator Service.

(2) When will a decision be made on the general use of this development in remote areas.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on advice received from the Australian Telecommunications Commission, is as follows:

(1) Telecom Australia, in conjunction with the contractor NEC Pty Ltd, is conducting field trials on the Digital Radio Concentrator System (DRCS) in Queensland and progress to date is satisfactory. Other field trials on the system are planned for South Australia and Northern Territory in July and August 1983, respectively.

(2) Provided the trials continue to be satisfactory, Telecom expects to make decisions by early 1984 on the installation of the initial systems.