NSW Govt to Start $100 Million Gig State Project

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The NSW Government is looking for innovative solutions from market suppliers that will improve the price, quality of service and choice of internet services for regional NSW under its AU$100 million Gig State project.

The project will deliver new network infrastructure that will boost internet capacity and bring faster and more reliable internet services to central business areas in regional NSW, benefitting local businesses and communities.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will run a two-stage tender process for the Gig State project, which will start initially in the target locations of Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Parkes and a corridor west to Cobar. Fibre solution will also be created for residents in Sutton, Bywong and Wamboin. The project will then, ideally, be rolled out across more of regional NSW.

The tender process will start with an ‘expression of interest’ (EOI) launching in the coming months, followed by a ‘request for tender’ (RFT) later in 2020.

Gig State will be delivered under the NSW Government’s $400 million Regional Digital Connectivity program, announced in 2019 to address the digital divide between metropolitan and regional NSW. This major turning point for digital connectivity confirms the NSW Government’s commitment to deliver transformative infrastructure under the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.

Providers interested in pitching to deliver Gig State are encouraged to register their details online now to be notified when the EOI opens for submissions at www.nsw.gov.au/gigstate

For more information on the Regional Digital Connectivity program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/connectregionalnsw.