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SYDNEY — Australia’s $38 billion plan to deliver high-speed Internet to more than 90 percent of its households cleared one of its last major hurdles Thursday when the government signed $12.5 billion worth of network deals with Telstra and SingTel.

The National Broadband Network, the biggest Australian infrastructure project in decades, will use Telstra’s network in a bid to knit together a country the size of Western Europe with high-speed broadband, with wireless or satellite services covering any gaps.

The National Broadband Network, also known as NBN, which is owned by the state, will pay Telstra 11 billion Australian dollars, or $11.6 billion, to hand over much of its network.

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