Researchers at the Australian government agency CSIRO have discovered technology to turn rooftop television antennas into high-speed Internet receivers, AFP reported this week. "The basic premise is if you get good, high-quality analogue television, you should be able to get reliable high-speed communications," Ian Oppermann, the leader of the research project, told the news agency. The Australian government is working on a $43 billion AU broadband plan to build a national fibre network. The plan will connect 93 per cent of Australian homes, schools and workplaces to fibre-to-the-home broadband, delivering speeds of 100 Mbps. The remaining households, mostly in rural and remote areas, will be connected by wireless and satellite connections, offering speeds of 12 Mbps or higher. "There are lots of parts of Australia which look a little bit like big parts of Canada, Russia, China, parts of the U.S., most of Africa from the perspective of where the population is distributed, and the sort of conditions that people live in, purely from a communications perspective," Opperman said. "I think Australia really stands a chance of being of global test case. If we get it right there is really an opportunity that other countries will follow what Australia is leading with." Australia is expected to complete its transition to digital, over-the-air television broadcasting by the end of 2013, AFP reported. That shift will free up spectrum that will be auctioned off for communications uses such as broadband.