A landmark agreement between the State Government and internet applications development organisation US Ignite will usher in a new era of collaboration and information sharing.

Cables being connected into the back of a server.

The Memorandum of Understanding will enable the 15 US Ignite communities and Adelaide-based Gig City businesses and research and education organisations to work together on new apps that have the potential to transform areas such as health.

As members of the Gig City Network, local businesses and research facilities will have access to internet speeds of up to 100 times the national average and 10 times the download speed of the NBN.

Adelaide will become Australia’s first Gig City, with the network providing affordable one gigabit connections to Adelaide’s innovation hubs at Tonsley, Technology Park, Techport, the Thebarton BioScience precinct, St Paul’s Creative Centre, the Majoran Co-working Space, Hub Adelaide, and the Stretton Centre.

Chief Operating Officer of US Ignite Joe Kochan believes solving society’s most vexing problems requires global thinking. “That’s why we’re pleased to have the city of Adelaide join the Smart Gigabit Communities project as our first international collaborator.”

The Gig City initiative is part of the State Government’s almost $80 million investment towards South Australia’s transformation to a modern, innovative economy that supports jobs for the future.