More than 1,000 buildings signed up to Adelaide's gigabit fibre network

More than 1,000 buildings signed up to Adelaide's gigabit fibre network

Delivery schedule hasn't been finalised yet

Adelaide - South Australia's capital

Adelaide - South Australia's capital

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More than 1,000 buildings have registered with Ten Gigabit Adelaide in order to get connected to the fibre-optic network being rolled out by TPG Telecom (ASX:TPG).

The City of Adelaide will now select 1,000 buildings to be connected to the network, however a delivery schedule is still being developed.

This did not stop more than 500 businesses to also register to join the network.

“We are leading the nation with the development of this network and the short amount of time it has taken to sign up the first 1,000 buildings is remarkable,” Lord Mayor Martin Haese said.

“What’s also exciting is that the business community has truly embraced Ten Gigabit Adelaide and is helping Council sell the network’s benefits here, interstate and across the globe."

The council received more than 1,000 buildings registrations within nine weeks.

“The response from businesses and building owners has been extraordinary,” TPG Telecom group executive of corporate, government and wholesale Mark Rafferty said.

In December 2017, it was revealed that TPG was the selected telecommunications provider for the Ten Gigabit Adelaide.

The telco was selected to install the fibre optic network via ducts and pits in the ground and will run the cable direct to individual buildings, with a connection point installed in each building.

At the time the City of Adelaide said there would be no charge for the installation of network access point in buildings, with this aspect of the project being provided free of charge by the City of Adelaide and TPG.

Additionally, unique fibre extensions will be made for each business customer within the connected buildings, providing a direct access point to a symmetrical 10Gbps transmission link.

The City of Adelaide claimed at the time that the cost for accessing the individual services via the network would be less than what is currently on offer in the local marketplace.

It is estimated that the Ten Gigabit Adelaide network could generate between 1,400 and 2,500 jobs over the first six years of the fibre infrastructure’s life.

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