The Gold Coast’s optic fibre program is about to hit ‘next level’ with a new 37km loop planned for the already existing network.
Council yesterday voted to expand the city-owned carrier-grade telecommunications network, as part of its broader Digital City Program.
The expansion, set to cost around $10 million, will result in a 37km loop being added, taking in Broadbeach, Burleigh, Varsity Lakes and Robina.
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“This is super-charging an already incredible optic fibre network, the best in Australia by far,’’ Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said.
“When finished, the network will be 100 times faster than what exists today.”
It comes after Council installed a 45km optic fibre ‘backbone’, running along the light rail corridor from Helensvale to Broadbeach, ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Council says the network delivered “tens of millions in free publicity for the coast through the private social media of visitors and athletes as well as the thousands of hours of television and digital broadcast coverage of the Games.”
It’s understood the extension will allow the City to achieve a financial benefit “in excess of $2.5 million” through cost savings as well as revenue from ‘opening up’ the network to Internet Service Providers and more commercial organisations.
“This is our next step in the City’s vision to be Australia’s leading digital city,’’ Mayor Tate said.
The cabling is expected to be installed by July next year with initial works starting at Broadbeach and extending to Gold Coast University Hospital.