ICT is an important part of the Tasmanian economy and is a major contributor to employment growth, wealth creation and social change.
The opportunities are enormous and have the potential to create exponential growth and enable business and the community to flourish in the online economy.
A good example of an innovative Tasmanian ICT project has been the trial roll out of optic fibre in two Hobart suburbs, with a pilot roll out of optic fibre in Devonport which was completed in September 2008.
TasCOLT (Tasmanian Collaborative Optical Leading Testbed) is an advanced, world class, low cost, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) telecommunication network that will deliver services to Tasmanian homes, businesses, hospitals and schools at speeds of up to 400 times faster than today’s DSL-based broadband networks, opening the door to a vast array of new and exciting services.
The project is a partnership between the TECC, Tasmanian State Government, Aurora Energy and a number of national and international partners. It is recognised as a significant achievement both nationally and internationally for FTTP aerial deployment using existing power poles. A review of the project can be downloaded.
The TECC is also involved in the Federal government’s Clever Networks program, which is aimed at encouraging the development and take up of broadband infrastructure and services in regional Tasmania.