Statewide Connectivity

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 | 11.00 AM – 1.10 PM AEDT | Online

Creating resilient connectivity networks

With 89% of our citizens living in just a handful of cities, Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the region.

Stronger communications networks are key to ensuring regional and remote communities remain connected to social and economic opportunities across Australia. Join us at the Public Sector Network’s complimentary Statewide Connectivity virtual event which will bring together architects, developers and administrators of telecommunications infrastructure to strategise how emerging technologies can help connect Australian communities.

By innovating robust communication networks, the public sector can help provide equal economic and social opportunity to all Australians.

Key Takeaways

A must-attend event for public sector organisations looking to:

Explore a range of existing and emerging technologies transforming connectivity and communication networks

Strategise the implementation of ‘place- based’ telecommunications infrastructure, building critical infrastructure that support development outcomes

Leverage telecommunications infrastructure to empower communities to access essential online services, utilise new tools & connect with the digital economy

Your Expert Speakers

Michelle Edge

Chief Executive,
Department of Primary Industries and Regions (SA)

Rebecca Fox

Deputy Secretary, Regional Precincts,
Department of Regional NSW

Kathleen Robinson

Chief Executive,
Department of Corporate and Digital Development (NT)

Derek Merdith

Chief Executive Officer,
QCN Fibre (QLD)

James Corkill

Chief Technology Officer,
NSW Telco Authority

Paul Tzaikos

Director, Digital Connectivity,
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (WA)

Liz Shenton

Director Central Design and Architecture,
Department of Corporate and Digital Development (NT)

Colin Fairweather

Public Sector Network

Stephen Farrugia

Chief Technology Officer,
BAI Communications

Richard Duggan

GM – Critical Infrastructure & intelligent Transport Solutions,
NEC Australia

Mike Mrdak

Chairperson of the Board & Executive Chair,
NEC Australia

 Fumihisa Kimura 

5G Solutions and Business Development Manager,
NEC Australia

Agenda at a glance

  • 11:00 AM AEDT

    PSN Welcome

  • 11:10 AM AEDT

    Chair Opening: Surveying Australia’s connectivity landscape

  • 11:20 AM AEDT

    Government Keynote: Implementing place-based telecommunications solutions to overcome connectivity barriers in regional NSW

  • 11:35 AM AEDT

    Partner Session: Regional network connectivity challenges, emerging technologies and commercial models

  • 11:50 AM AEDT

    Government Case Study: Investing in telecommunications infrastructure to improve mobile coverage and economic opportunity for remote communities

  • 12:05 PM AEDT

    Partner session: Exploring the potential for Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) in the public sector

  • 12:20 PM AEDT

    Keynote Session: Increasing access to mobile, internet and digital services through large-scale investment in digital infrastructure

  • 12:35 PM AEDT

    Refreshment Break

  • 12:40 PM AEDT

    Panel Session: Future connectivity : Forecasting trends and technologies

  • 01:15 PM AEDT

    End of session


What’s included in your registration:

Virtual Presentations

Hear from public sector leaders about the latest trends and exploring how to instantly apply these insights and gaining unique perspectives


An opportunity to engage with the inspiring speaker panel and peers in the live Q&A and polling to discover answers to shared challenges

Leading Technology Solutions

Hear  from solutions providers in the government space as they explore key technologies to improve citizen services


Receive on-demand access to session content after the conference on the complimentary Public Sector Network social learning platform

Complimentary for public sector employees only *

Event Partners

Platinum Partner

Silver Partner

Smart Cities and Infrastructure Community Prospectus

The global smart city landscape is continuing to mature, and more councils and municipalities are on the journey to becoming smart and sustainable communities. The focus is now on maximising the value of data, improving communication networks, smart infrastructure and platform projects. As technologies rapidly evolve, the number of solutions and providers is also increasing. To stand out from thecrowd, get involved in our Smart & Sustainable Community events to directly speak to decision makers, influencers and users and help them overcome their challenges.

Showcase your solutions today!

Join Our Network of Public Sector Professionals

Public Sector Network is a social learning platform that exists to help government around the globe break down silos,
collaborate, and work together for better outcomes for citizens.

Our growing community spans all tiers of government and public services, and allows members to network, benchmark and
share best practice on a secure and members-only community.