Serial tech entrepreneur, Bevan Slattery has today unveiled his iconic vision to revolutionise digital infrastructure in Australia by constructing HyperOne – a 20,000+ kilometre, $1.5 billion hyperscale national fibre network that will create more than 10,000 new jobs during construction.
HyperOne will support industries such as cloud computing, data centres, environmental sciences, space vehicle launch, aerospace, satellite, defence as well as provide transmission to local distribution networks such as the National Broadband Network and mobile operators.
“HyperOne is big, bold and way overdue,” said Bevan Slattery.
“HyperOne will be the first true private national fibre backbone project connecting major data hubs in every capital city in every state and territory across Australia.
“HyperOne will also create new major interconnection points for more international undersea cables into Australia from Asia and as far as the Americas and Antarctica.
“With the current geopolitical instability in the region there is unprecedented opportunity for Australia to become the region’s leading, secure and stable hub for future industries and jobs,” said Mr Slattery.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher welcomed HyperOne’s announcement that it plans to make a very significant investment in a new backbone fibre optic transmission network across Australia.
“HyperOne’s planned network would deliver a major boost in data transmission capacity into many cities and towns across Australia, which in turn would open up new economic opportunities, support new industries and generate jobs,” said Minister Fletcher.
South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall said he was thrilled that South Australia was going to play a big part in the nation’s first hyperscale national fibre network.
“HyperOne means jobs for South Australians,” Premier Marshall said.
“Not only do we already have a huge contingent of high-tech companies working out of Lot Fourteen – we expect to see even more companies base their headquarters here to take advantage of Adelaide’s unique position in this new network.
“This iconic project supports my government’s strong economic plan to invest in new jobs in future industries including space, cybersecurity, defence and agritech.
“I thank Bevan Slattery for this massive investment in our State and having a vision that will see this project made by Australians for Australians,” added Premier Marshall.
Mr Slattery said, “HyperOne will be a new generation of hyperscaled network, capable of carrying over 10,000 terabits per second – more traffic than every other national backbone built in Australia’s history combined.”
“The current networks have served Australia well for the past 20 years but they are nearing the end of their useful life and they were designed for a different time,” he said.
“All the existing national transmission networks were built back when there was no Youtube, Netflix, social media, iPhones, or even cloud, let alone the future industries.
“They also didn’t address the digital divide in remote and regional Australia.
“That’s why we are adding more than 1,000 “on-ramps” in regional and remote Australia enabling underserved communities and remote areas a cost effective way to access HyperOne,” said Mr Slattery.
Northern Territory Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, also welcomed the announcement of HyperOne saying it would underpin thousands of new jobs in the territory.
“HyperOne will help cement the Territory’s position as Australia’s comeback capital, making Darwin the key point of digital interconnect between South East Asia, the fastest growing digital market on earth and Australia’s east coast,” Minister Gunner said.
“We will be the digital entrance for the rest of Asia into Australia, and we are ready to roll out the red carpet. This will create jobs here in the Territory, as well as opening up considerable economic opportunities and encouraging digital investment in the Territory.
“Infrastructure investment at this scale will supercharge Darwin’s appeal as a base for both digital start-ups and multinational companies.In addition, it will help reduce the digital divide between our cities, regional centres and remote communities, better enabling access to online learning and telehealth,” added Minister Gunner.
Mr Slattery today also launched an online portal for interested companies to register their interest in partnering or working on the project.
“I want to see this project made by Australians for Australians,” said Mr Slattery.
The HyperOne project office has already begun discussions with the National Broadband Network, the Northern Australian Infrastructure Fund, telecommunication companies, various market participants as well as the Federal Government and state governments.
HyperOne is Australia’s new $1.5 billion, 20,000 km hyperscale fibre optic network. The project will be the most complete national fibre backbone ever constructed and the first built in almost two decades, connecting all major data hubs in every capital city in every state and territory, and delivering better connectivity to regional and remote areas.
HyperOne will be a significant enabler of the future growth of our nation and our digital economy, capable of delivering more traffic than every other national backbone built in Australia’s history combined – carrying over 10,000 terabits per second. HyperOne will support future industries such as aerospace, AI/machine learning, cloud, satellite, defense, resources, agriculture and renewable energy as well as provide critical backhaul transmission capacity to existing digital infrastructure and local distribution networks such as the National Broadband Network and mobile operators.
HyperOne will break down the digital divide between our cities and our remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and isolated communities. Lack of access to high-speed, reliable digital infrastructure is a major barrier to the development of industry and jobs in regional and remote areas. By providing valuable off ramps to deliver critical digital infrastructure and connectivity we will open up opportunities in these underserved communities.
The project provides critical infrastructure of not only national and but also international significance. It will more than double the number of locations international undersea cables can land and interconnect in Australia, creating an unprecedented opportunity for Australia to cement its position as a secure, stable and capable interconnection point in the greater Asian region.
HyperOne is committed to delivering a carbon-neutral hyperscale network. To achieve this we will utilise a variety of clean energy technologies. HyperOne is also committed to the project being built by Australain’s for Australians. We will also prioritise local suppliers, local materials and local workers to deliver the project, driving strong job creation at a critical time for our economy.