Adelaide Wants 10Gbps Internet, So It's Building Its Own Network

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In 2020, it might just turn out that the city with the fastest internet in Australia is Adelaide. The city recently put out a tender for expressions of interest for international partners to collaborate on building a fibre network capable of 10Gbps transfer rates, 100 times faster than the current capability of the best possible NBN fibre hook-up. It wants to start and complete the project within the next three years.

Adelaide. Who would have thought it?

The EOI, spotted by Computerworld, follows on from a business case presented halfway through last year where the council laid down its plans to invest in a network that would allow data-reliant businesses and company head offices to situate themselves in the South Australian capital city while remaining connected to the rest of the world.

Adelaide is Australia's fifth most populous city with just over 1.3 million residents, the lion's share of the 1.7 million Australians living around South Australia. It's previously been ranked Australia's most livable city three times since 2010 by the Property council of Australia, and four times in the top 10 of The Economist's most livable cities list in the same time period. And the council has some serious aspirations for its 'net: “The City of Adelaide is dedicated to having the fastest, most reliable, secure and flexible data transfer in the nation... if not the world."

The council owns the pits and ducts around the city, and this is a big part of the cost of rolling out new fibre across a CBD-sized area. The South Australian state government has its own Gig City initiative, and the public rollout of infrastructure for the NBN continues in the state as well. Importantly, the fibre NBN will still provide the backbone for telcos to offer end users service around the city, but Adelaide's own simultaneously-constructed network would give government, businesses and users with the need for ultra-low latency and ultra-high bandwidth requirements direct access to interstate and international data centres and servers.

Here's Adelaide's lord mayor talking to ABC local radio about the 10Gbps plan:

[Computerworld / Adelaide City Council]



    *starts researching jobs and housing in Adelaide*

      On Lifehacker it has been pointed out this is for universities and businesses.

      If you have your own company, then this is god send for you (upload speeds aside).

      If you are just a regular consumer, don't expect much improvement.

        True, but then anyone can register to be a business. They may suddenly have a whole heap of new small businesses popping up and "working" from home.

          This is for the City of Adelaide - CBD and North Adelaide only, not any of the other suburbs. You'd need a business with premises in the innermost city.

      That would make an interesting article in itself. Especially housing.
      For a budget of $300,000 how far do you need to live from the CBD, and how good is the Internet service? What if you bump that up to $600K? or $900K?

      I've seen housing in Melbourne ranging from $1.2M to $3.6M, that was 20+ km from the CBD. For a similar price, I suspect you could set up an office in Adelaide CBD itself.

    I can under stand the desire to have fast internet, I'm on FTTP now from ADSL, but are there many things, for a consumer, that you would need anymore than 100mb/s for? Seriously? Business I can understand, fast internet can be a great asset, but for a household? How many 4k video streams could you do on 10gb/s?

      This did not read like it was a residential service.

      You need to consider the future, not just the present...

      Why not? This is pretty short sighted. It's about having room to grow as content size increases, which it certainly will. May as well max out th connection and spend less time waiting.

      It's more on future proofing for later or allowing for the adoption of services that would not have been possible sooner.

      However, one concern of interest seems to be overlooked; upload speeds.

      There really isn't any reason to cap upload speeds but it is still happening. Even if the down speeds improve, it will still infuriate businesses of that 40% (or less) cap is still imposed.

        However, one concern of interest seems to be overlooked; upload speeds.
        There really isn't any reason to cap upload speeds but it is still happening. Even if the down speeds improve, it will still infuriate businesses of that 40% (or less) cap is still imposed.

        The Adelaide plan is for synchronous data, so upload and download are the same.

        10Gbit upload would be marvellous, we often need to share TBs of data back and forth, and decent upload speeds would make projects viable that currently are not.


          [Ends up shouting for the rest of the week]

      I can under stand the desire to have fast internet, I'm on dialup now, but are there many things, for a consumer, that you would need anymore than 56k/s for? Seriously? Business I can understand, fast internet can be a great asset, but for a household? How many jpeg images can you look at on 256k/s?

        I can't tell if you're trolling or not. Many of the development tools I use have moved to the cloud, or have cloud counterparts. As it is I'm often stuck looking at the screen wondering if the tool has crashed or if the down/upload is yet to complete.

        I'm sick of things buffering.
        I want to be able to work without worrying about the quality of my connection.
        I want my partner to be able to watch 4K movies while I archive content to my cloud storage and talk to my friends via VOIP while my kids talk with grandma via skype.

          Does he really need to hold up a sarcasm sign?

        Yeah its crazy, my monitor takes less than a minute to load a sweet Simpsons still image. Occasionally I leave my PC on overnight to download a Southpark episode, the future is now, these guys are wasting tax dollars.

      Who needs light globes? The Candle does the job fine, We dont need more than a candle

        Candles are the devils seed given form!! You keep your black magic, wizard, we need only the light of the sun and a cave to hide in at night.


      One of the most network-intensive tasks I can think of is: video editing. Raw footage is sent to an FX shop, they apply the video wizardry, and the result is sent back to the head office.

      A job may need to be spread across several companies, because of the time taken to upload / download the video stream. Giving a company a 10GB link lets them at least compete on an international level.

    Why would anyone want to spend money laying cables to match the speed of 5G wireless? Who knows how fast 6G will be meaning the cable network will be superseded before it's even finished.

      Because wireless can't beat physics. You can push more speed through, but you can't stop the noise.
      Wireless is like two people talking from either sides of a room. If its just you two then communication is fine, as more people enter the room, you end up talking louder and asking them to repeat themselves. Eventually you are full of a room of people shouting with no one able to communicate.

        Probably the best explanation of the differnce I've ever seen. Yoink. :D

      No it wont, The Radio spectrum is severly limited. The light sprectrum is not. Basics physics disproves your argument

      There are plenty of people with poorly educated and yet strong opinions who are so willing to share them in a public forum.

      Harry Graham, please do some research into the yawning chasm of difference that exists between the application of wired and wireless networking before speaking up about this again.

      “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

        But with wires they look annoying and you have to dig into city roads which costs heaps of money. With wireless you can just chuck towers everywhere, possibly turn the moon into a death star style relay point.

        Let the smart people do the maths but "trust me bro", wireless is teh futurez.

          2.6 second ping time...

    Good for them for taking initiative. If they can pull it off it will surely show up the NBN/Gov.

    This is a great initiative for Adelaide. When you are trying to develop a smart economy this is the first step (of many) in the right direction. It also ups the anti for other cities to get their house(s) in order.
    It will not be that expensive to do given the size of the city and will be expanded to suit demand i imagine.
    Such a pity the feds fumbled the ball on the NBN.
    We could have had all our city centres running on similar but instead .......
    They will pay at the ballet box next time though!

    Adelaide. Who would have thought it?

    From what I understand (and I've only visited for a few weeks), Adelaide is full of technology-centric business. So this actually doesn't surprise me at all.

      Yeah, but saying it goes against the narrative that the big cities push on the rest of Australia: "Oh, you mean backwards little Adelaide? It's so small and there's nothing to do except visit churches, haha."

    Perhaps they would be better served by planning on getting a reliable electricity supply first.

    I'm pleased that there are some forward thinking people here. So much for the parochial reputation.

    But just before we get the fanfares out, there's a difference between Adelaide and the City of Adelaide. Martin Haese only has juridiction over the latter which comprises the CBD and North Adelaide.

    So the rest of us in other "Cities" within metropolitan Adelaide sadly won't benefit from this.

    Typical half baked, diversion for the masses, expensive Labor garbage. No amount of internet would get me to locate in Adelaide.

    Last edited 12/01/17 6:34 pm

      This article is about the Adelaide city councils plan not the state labor governments gig city plant to extended 10Gb to certain hubs around the cbd and metro Adelaide.

    Adelaide - super reliable and super fast internet - but only while the wind is blowing and the sun is shining.

      Or when cyclonic winds don't destroy pylons... oh hang on they also have gas powered generators.

    Anyone notice anything missing?

    Where's the backhaul coming from?

    Are they building new backhaul as well?

    Or relying on existing backhaul?

    Wonder if this will also be subject to that BS new "NBN Tax"
    why the rollout wasn't done based on DSLAM utilisation is still beyond me.
    least then NBN Co wouldn't be crying poor like they are now because they rolled it out to 500,000 homes that didn't want it. (and now can barely use a landline phone)

    Like the multi billion dollar hospital, the one way freeway, or the superway to nowhere, it'll end up being 10gb down/1mb up... S.A.govt stylez

    This is why you don't privatise public utility assets!! *cough* I'm looking at your liberals.

    Yeh, or sell of one you already own (ETSA) and claim it will create competition and reduce prices then pocket the money and look good for 4 years and then make Australians pay for it for the rest of their lives.

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