GigCity ultra-fast internet network lit up

3 August

Adelaide’s ultra-fast internet network will be switched on from today, with businesses able to access affordable high-speed internet which is up to 100 times faster than the national average.

Premier Jay Weatherill today launched the $7.6 million GigCity Adelaide network at TechinSA, which is funded by the State Government to work with the high-tech industry to bring innovative South Australian products and technologies to global markets.

Adelaide-based internet provider EscapeNet will deliver internet services through the South Australian Broadband Research and Education Network (SABRENet) fibre optic network to key innovation sites and co-working spaces across metropolitan Adelaide, including Tonsley Innovation Precinct, TechInSA, Stretton Centre and St Paul’s Creative Centre.

Businesses that are tenants of those precincts will have access to gigabit-speed internet service plans ranging from $49.90 to $179.90 per month, providing access to affordable and less restrictive plans than what is currently available in the marketplace.

Businesses interested in connecting to the GigCity Adelaide network are encouraged to contact precinct managers to discuss eligibility, data requirements and pricing plans. For contact details, visit www.gigcity.com.au

GigCity Adelaide is part of the South Australian Government’s $80 million investment to support innovative businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers through programs and initiatives, including the $10 million South Australian Early Commercialisation Fund and the $50 million South Australian Venture Capital Fund to drive economic growth and job creation.

In the recent 2017-18 State Budget, the South Australian Government announced it would expand the GigCity Adelaide network to additional metropolitan innovation precincts and co-working spaces and progress the development of a digital roadmap for the state.

The South Australian Government has also entered into Memorandum of Understanding with the Whyalla City Council and Mount Gambier City Council to explore opportunities to extend the GigCity network to new innovation precincts planned for Whyalla and Mount Gambier.

The GigCity network will work alongside the State Government’s $200 million Future Jobs Fund by creating jobs in IT and advanced manufacturing, one of the five key growth sectors in our state.

Premier Jay Weatherill said through the GigCity Adelaide network, the South Australian Government is opening the door to new ideas, new possibilities and new collaborations, making Adelaide one of the most connected cities in the world.

“The State Government is helping start-ups and companies grow faster and attract entrepreneurs to South Australia who want to tap into the infrastructure and business environment we are creating,” Mr Weatherill said.

Science and Information Economy Minister Kyam Maher said having access to fast internet will help data intensive companies to do business and compete on a global level.

“By establishing GigCity ultra-fast internet at key innovation precincts, the State Government is investing in a network that will create jobs of the future,” Mr Maher said.

“GigCity is part of the South Australian Government’s investment of more than $80 million in innovation and will continue to consolidate our position as the leader in innovation in Australia.

“GigCity Adelaide is a clear message to entrepreneurs and businesses across Australia and overseas that we are open for business and want them to move here.”