Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Science and Information Economy Minister Jay Weatherill has congratulated everyone involved in a State Government and Adam Internet Broadband Blackspots Project, which won a 2011 Premier’s Award last night.

The Adelaide Metropolitan Broadband Blackspots Project – Shining the Light on Adelaide’s Broadband Blackspots is delivering high speed wireless broadband to more than 3000 residents and businesses in blackspot areas across metropolitan Adelaide.

Last night, the project was announced as the winner of the ‘Growing Prosperity’ category of the 2011 Premier's Awards - Showcasing excellence in the public sector.

The project has resulted in improved broadband access and high speed connectivity through AdamMax - a wireless service using international-standard WiMAX technology. The network, which uses 59 existing communication towers, is providing affordable broadband services to more than 350 broadband blackspot areas across metropolitan Adelaide, stretching from Gawler in the north, to Aldinga in the south. These are areas where, for technical reasons, premises cannot obtain ADSL broadband connections that use telephone lines.

“I congratulate Adam Internet and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology on their success in delivering this collaborative and innovative project,” Mr Weatherill said.

“According to an independent study, over a period of five years the economic benefit of removing Adelaide’s blackspots is estimated at $63.6 million in the metropolitan area.”

The project was made possible through a $3 million contribution from the South Australian Government, as well as investment from Adam Internet and connection subsidies from the Australian Government’s Australian Broadband Guarantee.

Mr Weatherill also congratulated those involved in the Oodnadatta Internet Centre on their achievements in winning the Expanding Opportunity category at the 2011 Premier’s Awards – showing excellence in the public sector.

“The Oodnadatta Internet Centre was established in 2010 as a partnership with the Dunjiba Community, the Oodnadatta Aboriginal School and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology,” he said.

“This program recognises the potential of the digital economy to provide significant benefits to remote Aboriginal communities and offers supported access to the internet with local mentoring and assistance. In the first few months of this project, more than 30 per cent of the community registered to be part of the program and have since been developing their digital literacy and participating on-line to minimise the disadvantage of life in an isolated and remote area. The Oodnadatta Internet Centre has become a valued resource for the community and is continuing to provide new opportunities”.

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