Adelaide turns on gigabit network for businesses

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Adelaide turns on gigabit network for businesses

The South Australian government offers high-speed broadband connections to certain business premises.

GigCity Adelaide uses the South Australian Broadband Research and Education Network (SABRENet) fibre optic network to provide gigabit internet links to selected innovation sites and co-working spaces across metropolitan Adelaide, including Tonsley Innovation Precinct, TechInSA, Stretton Centre and St Paul’s Creative Centre.

The services are symmetrical, meaning the 1Gbps applies to uploads as well as downloads. This is in clear contrast to NBN plans, which upload much more slowly than they download.

Small businesses in serviced locations can choose between 200GB for $49.90 a month, or $99.90 for an unlimited plan – about the same price as most month-by-month unlimited 100/40Mbps NBN plans.

Those with more than five employees (including co-working spaces) are offered 1TB per month for $179.90, with additional data costing $55 per 500GB. This service also features guaranteed bandwidth.

Additional precincts will be connected to the network, including the Northern Adelaide Food Park and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Planned innovation precincts in Whyalla and Mount Gambier may also gain access to the GigCity network.

"By establishing GigCity ultra-fast internet at key innovation precincts, the State Government is investing in a network that will create jobs of the future," said SA Science and Information Economy Minister Kyam Maher.

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