The council’s endorsement is based on a comprehensive independent review of the concept by telecommunications consultant Adrian De Brenni.
The council says the new fibre optic network would complement the current NBN rollout and the state government’s Gig City project, that both will deliver higher speed Internet services to the city.
The network will connect with a new global fibre network and cloud-based data centres where speed and big data transfer is not inhibited by the current Internet congestion, and also connect local businesses, institutions, governments and researchers to each other – opening up what the council says are “new and exciting innovations and opportunities”.
He said this fibre optic network is essential infrastructure for investment attraction that could transform the competitiveness of the city.
“It has the potential to make Adelaide the centre of the universe. This can be the solution for attracting head offices to Adelaide, creating jobs, driving creativity, innovation, investment and so much more," Haese said.
“We’re dedicated to having the fastest, most reliable data transfer in the nation. We’re confident from overseas experience that this infrastructure will attract new businesses, in new growth industries, as well as support the growth of existing businesses in the city.
“We believe entrepreneurs will jump at the opportunity to access this network.
“This could put Adelaide firmly on the radar as a destination of choice for large, digital-reliant businesses such as those within the health, creative, finance and defence sectors.”