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Ten Gigabit City

Adelaide will be the first capital city in Australia to construct a transformational Ten Gigabit City Network.

As part of the City of Adelaide’s ‘Smart City’ agenda, Ten Gigabit City Network will provide an ‘interconnect hub’ – a new global fibre network and cloud-based data centre – to deliver lighting fast 10Gb/s internet speeds. Once in place, it will enable businesses, institutions, governments, researchers and entrepreneurs to tap into the network, connect with each other and export their services to the world.

Ten Gigabit City Network will create the fundamental architecture needed to future proof the City of Adelaide and will complement the current NBN roll-out and the State Government’s $4.7M Gig City Network.

Current Status

May 2017 Update

The Expression of Interest (EOI) to build and operate the infrastructure is now closed.

Council staff are now finalising the business case for the Ten Gigabit City Network project and will be presenting a report to Council in the coming months that will set out a proposal to fund, build and operate the network.

Please check back soon for further information and updates.

Register your interest in the Ten Gigabit City Network and we will keep you informed as the project progresses.

Register Your Interest

How it works

Infographic: Ten Gigabit City Network - what it means

Infographic: Ten Gigabit City Network - how it works

A network of this type is more than just providing ultra-fast internet.

The network will enable users to connect to a growing, global interconnected optical fibre network, accessing data at phenomenal speeds and ultra-low latency, leading global business tools/services, applications, content and innovations. This is achieved through synchronous connections with global interconnects and cloud providers. 

Interconnected networks essentially provide direct and high-speed connectivity to global exchanges and cloud providers and services, avoiding the use of internet networks. Effectively providing synchronous (same speed up as down), secure, reliable data transfer.

The Ten Gigabit City Network can help future proof the city and can prepare us for innovations like autonomous vehicle technology and sensory networks. In fact, some of the users of this network are in industries and jobs yet to be created.

This network would not compete with the NBN Co roll out, nor would it interfere nor delay the NBN roll out in the city and North Adelaide. NBN will continue to provide the backbone to carry internet services for telecommunication companies in the city.

The Ten Gigabit City Network would contribute to economic development of the city by growth in businesses, researchers, universities that locate and invest in the City of Adelaide. Sectors and businesses that can benefit from the technology include:

  • Health services, as well as any business looking to export local services globally
  • Both large and small defence technology companies
  • Education
  • Software developers
  • Data Storage Centres
  • Entertainment industry, from film to gamers

What The Experts Are Saying

"This network has the potential to totally transform the City of Adelaide. Not only does it anticipate the future needs of businesses but will establish the City as an early adopter of innovative technologies. Throughout the United States, we have seen that decisions like this have been key to driving innovation and new sources of growth."
Professor Edward J Blakely 
Chair, Future Cities Collaborative and Honorary Professor in Urban Policy, University of Sydney.

"It's fantastic to see the City of Adelaide working to enable a significant advantage to Adelaide based businesses when competing in the new global digital economy. This is great news for companies like Chamonix that are continually searching for innovative ways to help our customers do business with the world. A super-fast network in the city will help us further explore areas such as virtual reality, machine learning, telehealth and the internet of things. This is great news for business in Adelaide. Access to a super-fast network will allow Adelaide based businesses to communicate utilising new evolving technologies, enabling new digital channels and allow larger payloads to be shared between businesses. Usage of this network will provide significantly greater efficiencies for both local collaboration and when working with other connected high speed cities."
Geoff Rohrsheim
Director, Cevo

"Redstack is a progressive, North Adelaide based South Australian headquartered business. At the core of our business is high end cloud services like, so reliable fast connectivity to Cloud datacentres is critical in maintaining a competitive advantage. With the current decline in internet data service – largely due to congestion on the internet, we are already seeing marked declines in productivity. Without access to high speed, cloud connected data, we will have no option but relocate our business to hi speed data centric locations. Hi speed cloud data access is now a mission critical service, second only to electricity. We fully support this project and see enormous benefits for our city and our business."
Michael Lachs
Director, Redstack

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