Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:54

Gigabit internet for Whyalla, Mount Gambier this year

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South Australia's two largest regional cities are set to get gigabit internet service by the end of 2019.

The South Australian government's GigCity project to provide gigabit-speed internet services to selected parts of Adelaide included plans for expansion to regional centres.

MIMP Connecting Solutions has been engaged to provide gigabit wireless broadband in South Australia's two largest regional cities, Whyalla and Mount Gambier, by the end of the year.

The state-funded project is slated to cost $1 million.

"Building the GigCity network to additional precincts is a key action item within the state's strategic action plan for future industries and entrepreneurship or the FIXE strategy," said South Australia's Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.

More than 220 businesses in Mount Gambier and around 70 in Whyalla are expected to take up the service. Prices will be comparable to those charged in the metropolitan GigCity precincts, ie $49.90 to $179.90 a month.

"MIMP Connecting Solutions has begun preliminary works to build a new wireless broadband network and eligible businesses in both cities will be invited to register their interest to connect soon," Pisoni said.

MIMP previously established commercial wireless internet services in remote parts of the Flinders Ranges.

City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said "GigCity will provide existing and new businesses with opportunities for innovation and development through high-speed connectivity that will further enhance the attractiveness of Mount Gambier as a place to invest and do business."

Whyalla City Council CEO Chris Cowley said "GigCity is an essential element for the transformation of Whyalla, which will allow businesses to gain a technological competitive advantage and drive innovation."

MIMP's General Manager Stephen Fitzgerald said: "MIMP Connecting Solutions has been a supporter of regional SA for many years and is very excited to be able to work with the South Australian Government and the two City Councils to extend GigCity to Whyalla and Mt Gambier via this initiative."

Pisoni added "We have committed to explore options to build upon the GigCity network to connect additional regional innovation precincts with gigabit-speed internet."

Image: WalkingMelbourne.com (via Wikimedia Commons), CC BY-SA 3.0.

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