Paul Larsen says Arc Infrastructure aims to run fibre optic cables through its network. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Tech, new port to shape freight future

New ports, better planning and increased use of technology are in the sights of transport industry leaders preparing the state’s freight network for coming decades, according to a panel of experts at a recent Committee for Economic Development of Australia lunch.

Freight rail network operator Arc Infrastructure is targeting the use of fibre optic cables along the rail corridor to provide internet access to regional areas, chief executive Paul Larsen told the lunch.

“One of the things we’re (Arc) exploring with some other parties is whether or not we can actually use our rail freight corridors to lay optic fibre to deliver higher speed, better quality internet to the regional areas that currently have very poor internet service,” Mr Larsen said.


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