The contract to deliver the city’s $7.6 million GigCity network was won by EscapeNet after a seven-month tender and evaluation process.
Under the contract EscapeNet — which provides Internet access, telephone and Web hosting services — will deliver gigabit-speed Internet services via the South Australian Broadband Research and Education Network (SABRENet) fibre optic network to key innovation precincts and co-working spaces across Adelaide’s metropolitan area.
Businesses that are tenants of a number of precincts — Tonsley Innovation Precinct, TechInSA, Stretton Centre and St Paul’s Creative Centre — will have access to gigabit-speed internet service plans ranging from $49.90 to $179.90 per month.
EscapeNet managing director Stavros Patiniotis said the company would back GigCity services with local support, add-on services and seamless integration with key cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to assist start-up ventures.
“A custom-built portal will also be launched to empower businesses to establish and manage their connections in real time,” he said.
According to Science and Information Economy Minister Kyam Maher, the letting of the contract was an important milestone as the government worked towards connecting innovation precincts and co-working spaces to ultra-fast Internet “that is 100-times faster than the national average”.
“Key to this programme are the affordable and flexible gigabit Internet services on offer. For the first time, we will see businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs access ultra-fast internet that is cheaper and less restrictive than current available plans on the market, which only offer half the speed.”
In the government’s budget handed down last week, $2.9 million was provided for GigCity expansion into additional precincts, including regional South Australia, as well as the development of a digital roadmap for the state.