An outback Queensland farmer hatched an unusual plan to counter slow internet speeds - build and install his own 53-metre tower.
And now he plans to use the technology to set-up a live feed for his 6000 hectare property about 20km north of Dirranbandi, a rural town about 470 km south-west of Brisbane and midway between St George and the New South Wales border.
Beef and crop farmer Andrew Sevil consulted a Brisbane engineer to design and construct a guyed mast tower that would allow him to connect to internet services in neighbouring towns.
Mr Sevil built the trusses during wet weather when he was unable to do work out in the paddock.
The tower was lifted into position after 12 months of planning and cost about $16,000.
Mr Sevil said the tower had opened a whole new world.
Prior to the installation of the tower, their internet speeds were only a few megabits per second but by accessing internet from St George, 50km north, they are reaching speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second through Telstra.
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