Work was supposed to begin on the project early this year, but Cr Newman has now said that Brisbane will not be dealing with i3 Asia Pacific due to insufficient progress. No ratepayer money has been spent on the project according to council officials. The idea was to bring high-speed broadband to Brisbane residents more quickly than the NBN would.
Brisbane may still go ahead with its own broadband network. The Courier Mail has quoted Cr Newman as saying "There are other parties who wish to deal with us and large international parties who, for example, have rolled this out in other cities in Asia, well-known cities and they wish to undertake this project with us."
There was no indication of the technologies used by the council's potential new partners.
Last year, a plan to use i3's fibre-in-the-sewer technology in the UK city of Bournemouth was abandoned for technical and business reasons in favour of a conventional underground fibre deployment.