Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Australia has remained to be one of the top countries in the world, U.S.News reported. It ranked fifth in the list, with Switzerland taking the top spot that it held since 2019. Aussies quickly adapted to the post-COVID-19 scenario of using the full extent of telecommunications services with all the basic framework and technology in place.
Among the ten categories, Australia was assessed, “citizenship” and “quality of life” ranked the highest.
Citizenship meant that Australia cared about human rights, gender equality, and religious freedom. Meanwhile, the quality of life referred to the country’s focus on essentialism of food, housing, quality education, job security, political stability, individual and environmental quality.
Experts suggest that such high ranking would not have been achieved without an effective telecommunications service that connects Aussies through the help of technology.
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications acknowledges the vital role of telecommunications to keep communities safe, connected, and informed.
At this time of the pandemic, telecommunications services like high-speed optic fibre have proved to be a crucial tool in coordinating responses among various states and territories, synchronizing policies and programs through timely information to government officials, emergency personnel, and the public.
Australia is fortunate to have invested in increasing resilience of its telecommunication network to prevent, mitigate, and manage outages, especially during emergencies, such as human and natural disasters like bushfires, floods, tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides.
The Land Down Under started initial plans for improving its national telecommunication network infrastructure in 2007. Since then, optic fibre cable hauling has continued for years to ensure connectivity through the continent. Fortunately, there was already enough base infrastructure laid out by the government for its fast broadband initiatives which were scheduled to be finished in 2021.
Before the coronavirus pandemic in 2019, the Australian government announced the completion of the monumental National Broadband Network (NBN) in June of 2020. In September, a multi-billion upgrade was added to the telecommunication services network in hopes of bringing faster internet speed to at least 8 million people.
NBN composes of various telecommunication services and technologies for both wires and radio communication. The network continues to use copper connections, but most of its system is already utilizing optic fibre and the hybrid fibre-coaxial that utilize physical lines to its user.
With all the basic framework and technology in place, Aussies quickly adapted to the post-COVID-19 scenario of using the full extent of telecommunications services. The Federal Government’s $37.1 million investment to Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters package paid off, with Australia effectively managing the pandemic through technology.