Ten Gigabit City
The Expression of Interest (EOI) to build and operate the infrastructure is now closed.
*The EOI application process closed on 7 February
Adelaide can be the first capital city in Australia to construct a transformational 21st century Ten Gigabit Optical Fibre Network.
The new network would complement the current NBN roll out and State Government’s Gig City project, that both will deliver higher speed internet services to the city.
The network will connect with a new global fibre network and cloud based data centres where speed and big data transfer is not inhibited by the current internet congestion. This will connect local businesses, institutions, governments and researchers to each other – opening up new and exciting innovations and opportunities.
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."
"Redstack is a progressive, North Adelaide based South Australian headquartered business. At the core of our business is high end cloud services like SalesForce.com, 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."
Next steps and further information
Council staff will now scope up the 10 Gigabit City Network project to invite the development of businesses cases to fund, build and operate the network as a partnership with Council. Council is keen to consider partnerships that represent the best value for the city, Council and ratepayers in the short and long term.
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 10 Gig 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 10 Gig 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
- Software developers
- Data Storage Centres
- Entertainment industry, from film to gamers