Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy
Tabled Paper 2156
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Barry Coulter
Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.
Transport and Communications An increasing num ber o f television and radio stations service Territorians. Television services in D arw in include C hannel 8 and ABC, w hile centres outside D arw in have access to ABC, Im parja and shortly, Q ueensland Satellite Television (QSTV). In addition, large areas o f the N orthern Territory can receive in ternational satellite te levision services. R adio services are broadcast th roughout the Territory by ABC and SBS, w hile m ajor centres also receive other com m ercial and com m unity radio services. Communications Outlook In early 1994, Optus entered the Territory STD and IDD phone call m arket giving Territorians a choice in provision o f services betw een Telecom and Optus. C om petition betw een these suppliers is likely to bring lower prices and new services to Territory households as has been the case in NSW and Victoria. SBS television w ill begin broadcasting to Territory audiences during 1994. As well, SBS began broadcasting m ulticu ltural radio services to the T errito ry s population. A ustralia Television International com m enced broadcasting from Darwin via satellite to A sia on February 17, 1993. Rebroadcast arrangem ents have been signed in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Laos and China, substantially increasing the num ber o f Asian subscribers exposed to A ustralian English language television. The entertainm ent and business com m unications needs o f the Territory in 1994 will be serviced by increased telev ision (including m ore pow erful satellite services based in A ustralia and in ternationally), radio program m ing, and voice com m unications services. 8 0