Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide, South Australia

In the Great Southern Land, a Great New Beginning

As the first city outside the United States to join US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities program, Adelaide represents a bold first step in creating the global gigabit community we envision for the future.


South Australia is home to 1.7 million people, the famous Ghan Railway, the largest salt lake in the world, and Adelaide, US Ignite’s first Smart Gigabit Community outside of North America. Helping usher in a new era of connectivity for Australia, the city of Adelaide has pledged to support and promote the development of ground-breaking gigabit applications and services for economic, social, and community benefit.

Ignite SA, South Australia’s equivalent of US Ignite, harnesses the local gigabit-speed networks to build the foundations for smart communities. Bringing together local government, research, business, developers, and entrepreneurs, Ignite SA will shepard applications focused on priority areas including water technology, healthy ageing, cybersecurity, festivals, and smart tourism.

Adelaide is the first international city to join the growing US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities program, creating new opportunities for collaboration and information sharing with 20 other US Ignite communities including Adelaide’s sister city: Austin, TX. Through this connection, Adelaide will enjoy a special, 1:1 relationship with Austin, benefitting from shared ideas and innovations that will help both urban ecosystems continue to thrive.

With a concentrated population and excellent research facilities, Adelaide is an ideal location for the development, testing, and refinement of next-gen applications. Using South Australia’s extremely fast broadband infrastructure and working with Adelaide’s innovation precincts (areas of the city that serve as testbeds for new technology) and community partners, Ignite SA will demonstrate that the benefits of gigabit technology are by no means exclusive to the United States.

Adelaide residents can thank Australia’s Department of State Development (DSD) and the University of South Australia—in particular the Information Strategy and Technology Services (ISTS) unit and the Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC)—for spearheading Ignite SA and providing a perfect example of the type of collaboration between academia and government that innovation requires in order to truly make a difference.

Featured Project: Kvasir-VR

In December 2017, community leaders in Adelaide and Lafayette, Louisiana celebrated the successful demonstration of a virtual reality (VR) app, running on a low latency network, connecting the two cities thousands of miles apart. Developed by a research team led by Dr. Christoph Borst at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (UL Lafayette), Kvasir-VR creates opportunities for K-12 students to take far-away field trips while physically staying close to home. In the demo, live experts guided Australian students through a 3D experience of a UL Lafayette solar energy plant, to teach them about alternative energy production.