Adam Internet wins SA blackspot deal

Adam Internet wins SA blackspot deal

Summary: South Australian internet service provider Adam Internet has won a contract to provide WiMax wireless broadband services to blackspot areas in Adelaide.

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South Australian internet service provider Adam Internet has won a contract to provide WiMax wireless broadband services to blackspot areas in Adelaide.

The contract — which was put out to market a year ago — is aimed at addressing around 55,000 premises in metropolitan Adelaide which can't access broadband due to low pair gain systems in Telstra's copper network or because they are too far from telephone exchanges.

The 15-month project will be partially funded by the South Australian State Government to the tune of $3 million, and partially through the Federal Australian Broadband Guarantee.

SA Minister for Science and Information Economy, Michael O'Brien said Adam Internet had won the deal because of its strong track record and position in the industry. "This contract will initially create an extra 110 jobs during the network construction and customer connection phase with 75 permanent jobs required in the longer term for ongoing operation and maintenance," O'Brien said in a statement issued this afternoon by Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's office.

"Work will begin almost immediately on addressing more than 350 blackspot locations across Adelaide. First connections are marked for significant problem areas in Reynella and other southern suburbs."

Adam Internet chief Greg Hicks said the new offering — dubbed Adam Max — would provide ADSL2+ equivalent services.

Topics: Broadband, Government, Government AU, NBN, Tech Industry

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  • About bloody time

    I live in flagstaff hill, right on the border between aberfoyale park and flaggy and I a stuck with mobile broardband which crawls along and costs me in excess of $110 a month. Being a universith student the internet is important to me.

    Telstra always was unable or unwilling to provide decent access..now thanks to adam we will finally have affordable and resonable download limits.

    Three cheers for the problem solvers.
    anonymous
  • Scrap it

    What a waste of money. These black spots should be where the NBN is fast tracked to.
    This technology will be redundant in a few years time.
    What idiots we have in power.
    anonymous
  • Great Idea

    Far from being redundant, we are seeing a resurgence of WiMax. It offers equivalent speed to fibre with the flexibility of beig able to move and relocate easily

    Good decision - now let's move to Regional SA
    anonymous
  • Adam too busy congradulating themselves

    17th day has now passed and still waiting for the promised modem to arrive.

    They have my money....but no service..Slack
    anonymous
  • Black spot

    I live in the Woodcroft area and struggle to receive more than 2 bars on wireless. Sometimes I get 3 bars but never 5. In such a close suburb it is not good enough. Come on its about time the govt woke up and acted instead of smoke screened and blamed some one else
    anonymous