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 will upgrade digital network infrastructure 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;
- High speed connectivity for regional businesses and industrial parks to boost long-term jobs growth, especially in high tech industries;
- 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 project is focused on the initial target locations of Wagga Wagga, Parkes, Dubbo and a corridor west to Cobar. The Regional Digital Connectivity program will also deliver a fibre solution for the communities of Sutton, Bywong and Wamboin.
How will Gig State be delivered?
The Government is currently running a tender process to seek innovative solutions from telecommunications providers.
The Gig State project proposes to upgrade infrastructure, including:
- Boosting regional fibre capacity (known as ‘backhaul’) to regional areas to improve internet speed and service reliability, making it easier for regional communities to adapt to new, high-speed technologies;
- Delivering new regional data hubs so that businesses can use applications requiring rapid response times and high volumes of data (like cloud-based applications), reducing internet ‘lag’ and improving service; and
- Upgrading local access network technology to ensure reliable, uninterrupted high-speed internet services is delivered to regional communities.
The first step in the tender process, the Expression of Interest (EOI) closed on 23 June 2020.
The NSW Government is currently evaluating market feedback received through that process. A Request for Tender (RFT) process will follow later in 2020.
For questions about the Regional Digital Connectivity program or Gig State project, please contact: RDC.email@example.com