CSIRO has taken its prototype Ngara rural wireless broadband technology out of the lab and into the fields near the town of Smithton in north-west Tasmania.

The Ngara system is designed to bring broadband to people in rural and regional areas of Australia who live beyond the planned optical fibre network.

“We’re not going to get out of bed in the morning just to give people Internet access, it’s about giving people access to twenty first century services and allowing everyone to contribute to the digital world equally,” Dr Oppermann said.

The former deputy chief executive of The Australian newspaper, Nick Leeder, will take the helm of Google's local operations in late March.

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