Building the Terabit Territory
The Northern Territory (NT) Government will partner with the leading Australian telecommunications company Vocus to upgrade the Territory’s existing fibre optic cable from 400 gigabites to 20 terabits.
$7.9 million from the Local Jobs Fund will be invested in the joint project, Vocus will invest $10 million to upgrade the fibre-optic cables across the Territory.
This project will bring the NT in line with telecommunications infrastructure Australia-wide. This massive increase in the volume and speed of digital services will mean:
- faster internet speeds within the Territory
- attracting new businesses to the Territory
- attracting private investment in data centres - a new industry for the Territory, and
- a direct fibre-optic link to the huge technology hubs in Singapore and South-East Asia.
The Territory Government’s investment will upgrade the network throughout the NT - from Darwin to Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs - while Vocus will upgrade the Territory’s connection to Adelaide and Queensland.
Vocus has already undertaken works in the Territory with the 46km undersea fibre optic cable to the Tiwi Islands.
Vocus is a Territory employer with a track record of using local contractors. They will look to Territory businesses for civil, electrical, welding, haulage and machining work throughout the NT to deliver this project.
To find out more about the fund, go to the Local Jobs Fund website.