GigCity ultra-fast internet network lit up
Adelaide’s ultra-fast internet network has been switched on, with businesses able to access affordable high-speed internet which is up to 100 times faster than the national average.
The $7.6 million GigCity Adelaide network 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. See locations for contact details.
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.