Whyalla is on the way to becoming a high performing city with the installation of the first Gig City Network towers.
The Network is a $1 million dollar State Government-funded project, that is expected to provide broadband speeds of up to 1000 megabits (1 gigabit) per second.
Gig City has come about after much work between Council, the State Government and Adelaide company MIMP Connecting Solutions.
MIMP Special Projects Manager Stephen Fitzgerald said, “We have more than 80 businesses in Whyalla that have shown an expression of interest and we’d like to see more companies take advantage of this service.”
The fibre-optic cable of the first tower was installed by MIMP at the Middleback Arts Centre last week, with Manager Ryan Sutherland stating the “Gig City connection will allow the centre to offer diversified programming and live stream content on the big screen with the option to host gaming competitions.”
"Concerts or sporting events that are happening around the world could be live streamed here, which is great," Ryan said.
"We're hoping to arrange some gaming competitions with the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre in Mount Gambier so that is also super exciting."
"It will open a big market in conferences as we would have the capacity to stream speakers from around the world and allow for live interaction between them and the audience.”
South Australia’s Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said Gig City Network would create new opportunities and experiences for regional communities like Whyalla.
“It’s great to see regional creative hubs like Middleback Arts Centre embracing the Government’s Gig City extension,” Minister Pisoni said.
“Through the State Government’s strategic action plan for future industries, entrepreneurship and Gig City, we are ensuring that local businesses and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to connect their ideas to accelerate business growth, inspiring a new wave of South Australian creativity, collaboration and connectivity.”
City of Whyalla Acting CEO Kristen Clark agreed with the Minister and declared the network was a perfect fit for Council as it aims to transform Whyalla into a modern, high performing city.
“This is an amazing opportunity for Whyalla businesses to come along for the ride as we transform our city,” Kristen said.
“This opens the world up to Whyalla as businesses enjoy significantly higher upload and download speeds compared to the national average.”
The network is expected to go live by the end of February.
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