SA government launches GigCity Adelaide

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 04 August, 2017

SA government launches GigCity Adelaide

The South Australian government has launches the $7.6 million GigCity Adelaide network, the state-funded fibre network for enterprises.

Local internet provider EscapeNet will provide gigabit-speed internet services through the South Australian Broadband Research and Education Network (SABRENet) fibre network to key innovation precincts in metropolitan areas.

These spaces include Tonsley Innovation Precinct, TechInSA, Stretton Centre and St Paul’s Creative Centre.

Services will be offered at prices ranging from $49.90 to $179.90 per month — significantly lower than comparable plans currently on the market.

The government has also entered into discussions with the Whyalla and Mount Gambier City Councils to explore expanding the GigCity network into new innovation precincts planned for these cities.

“We know that having access to fast internet will help data-intensive companies to do business and compete on a global level. By establishing GigCity ultrafast internet at key innovation precincts, the state government is investing in a network that will create jobs of the future,” Premier Jay Weatherill commented.

“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.”

The GigCity Adelaide project forms part of the state government’s $80 million investment in innovation and entrepreneurship, which also includes a $10 million South Australian Early Commercialisation Fund and the $50 million South Australian Venture Capital Fund.

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