Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy
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From 1 July 1997 the telecommunications industry will be deregulated, ending the virtual duopoly that exists now. One major consequence of deregulation is that other providers can offer local telephone calls, although there are no plans for this in the Territory as yet. The partial privatisation of Telstra is also likely to commence within the next 18 months. Telemedicine trials were conducted using the Tanami Network in November 1996 and it is hoped that improvements in the Network will enable it to offer these services along with judicial hearings, interviews and other commercial services on a more regular basis. A network similar to the Tanami Network has also been proposed for use across the Top End of the Territory. Transport and Communications 86