South Australian Labor government pledges fastest internet in Australia to Adelaide

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South Australian Labor government pledges fastest internet in Australia to Adelaide

The South Australian Labor government has pledged $35 million toward expanding the state's fibre network in a move it says will make Adelaide the home of Australia's fastest internet. 

In an announcement by SA premier Jay Weatherill and innovation minister Kyam Maher, Labor said its upgraded network, to be called "the Fishbone" would enable "thousands of businesses and households to connect to ultra-fast internet that is many times faster than the National Broadband Network and significantly cheaper." 

The network infrastructure would be made available to ISPs to offer up services.

CRN has enquired which company will build out the network.

The announcement builds on the state government's GigCity network, which seeks to provide high-speed, affordable internet to startups and businesses at specific sites across Adelaide. GigCity connection pricing starts from $49.90 per month.

GigCity is supplied in partnership with the South Australian Research and Education Broadband Network (SABRENet) and internet service provider EscapeNet.

Labor said the investment was expected to create some 3000 new jobs across digital product and service development, mining, agriculture, tourism and advanced manufacturing. 

The development of South Australia's proposed Fishbone network will be overseen by a new Department of Digital Innovation.

Weatherill said the investment was in line with the Labor government's key priority of job creation.  

"Labor believes the internet is an essential service, and we're stepping in where the Federal Liberal Government has failed, by delivering the fastest, cheapest internet speeds in the nation," he said.

"We've already attracted the likes of Boeing and Technicolor to South Australia, and this investment in ultra-fast internet will allow us to attract even more exciting businesses, nurturing digital skills and creative minds here in our state."

Maher said the rollout would continue to see innovation and business thrive in Adelaide. 

"Where we have rolled out our GigCity network, it has delivered speeds 50-100 times faster than previously available at these sites, ten times faster than the NBN - and at least 50 percent cheaper," he said.

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