Adelaide issues Ten Gigabit invitation

By Jonathan Nally
Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

Adelaide issues Ten Gigabit invitation

Adelaide City Council has issued a worldwide invitation calling for expressions of interest (EOI) to build and operate its Ten Gigabit City broadband infrastructure.

Adelaide aims to be the first capital city in Australia to roll out a 10 GB optical fibre network.

The new broadband network would complement the NBN rollout and the state government’s Gig City project, each of which deliver higher speed internet services to the city.

The council’s Ten Gigabit Network will interconnect with a new global fibre network, linking cloud-based data centres where speed, flexibility and big data transfer aren’t inhibited by internet congestion.

It is hoped that the boost to synchronous data speeds will position Adelaide’s CBD as a world-leading digital-based city, opening up opportunities for economic growth.

Lord Mayor Martin Haese said that the EOI was an important milestone.

“I’ve said from day one that this is essential infrastructure for investment attraction and growth that will transform the competitiveness of the city,” said Haese.

“This can be the solution for attracting head offices to Adelaide and helping to create jobs, innovation and investment from across the globe.

“Ultrafast data is transformative infrastructure which has the ability to deliver tangible benefits to almost every commercial premises within the City of Adelaide,” he added.

“The City of Adelaide is dedicated to having the fastest, most reliable, secure and flexible data transfer in the nation, if not the world."

The EOI, which will close on 7 February, is available on the Tenders SA website.

Image courtesy City of Adelaide

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