The NSW Government has committed $100 million for the Gig State project to deliver a metro-level internet service to regional communities and businesses, with improved price, quality of service and speed. This is part of the Government’s Regional Digital Connectivity program.
What is Gig State?
Gig State is focused on improving internet services in a number of regional locations so that businesses and communities can effectively run and expand their businesses, use cloud-based services, access online teleconferencing programs and education opportunities, work from home and stay in touch with friends and family.
Benefits of this investment will include:
- Internet access that matches services available in metropolitan areas;
- More reliable connectivity to boost long-term jobs growth in rural and regional areas;
- Improved internet offering for speed, quality, and price for regional businesses and residents; and
- A long-term solution that will help regions grow now, but also meet their needs well into the future.
The Gig State program was initially focused on the target locations of Wagga Wagga, Parkes, Dubbo and a corridor west to Cobar, as well as investigating options for the communities of Wamboin, Bywong and Sutton.
Has Gig State changed?
The NSW Government updated the focus of Gig State in response to significant investment from the telecommunications providers and the private market including in initial Gig State locations.
To avoid duplication of infrastructure and ensure value for taxpayers’ money, Gig State funding will be redirected into new priority areas, including:
- Wireless upgrades for rural and regional communities on satellite internet services;
- Improving current internet service offerings in remote communities with a small population base and challenging topography; and
- Pilot of emerging technologies such as low-earth orbit satellites in communities located in hard to service geographic areas.
Gig State is delivering improved internet connectivity for the most underserved rural and regional communities in the state. Current projects underway include:
A fixed wireless upgrade project with the nbn to improve internet connectivity in and around the Cobar Corridor, including the towns of Cobar, Narromine, Nyngan, Trangie and Warren.
- A Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) network with Opticomm to improve connectivity for the Wamboin, Bywong and Sutton communities
- Connectivity support at the Parkes Special Activation Precincts to ensure delivery of fast and reliable internet services for investors and businesses.
- $60 million open market grants opportunity to improve digital connectivity across regional NSW where there is limited or no internet availability. Full details about the funding opportunity and the grant guidelines are available on the NSW Government grants and funding finder website. Applications closed at 5.00pm on Monday 21 November 2022 and the evaluation of submissions is now underway.
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