Cooma-based regional ISP Smart Radio Systems has announced plans to provide the Snowy Mountains township with cutting-edge Internet connectivity, thanks to a new deal with communications infrastructure vendor Enterasys, formerly Cabletron.
According to Smart Radio Systems managing director Adrian Blake, the new deal will provide high bandwidth optical fibre connections running into every business and home in the town.
"Cooma residents are going to have access to the type of communication services that are considered luxuries even in urban centres. Not only are we providing Internet connectivity, the infrastructure will also deliver things like telecommunications services and high-definition television," Blake said.
The deal is reportedly worth $3 million to the recently rebranded Enterasys. Smart Radio Systems is also currently working with energy retailer Agility (formally AGL) in a joint trenching project which will see the first high-speed connections open to Cooma residents in approximately eight weeks time.
Although the project is entirely driven by the private sector, Blake confirmed that government agencies -- at a shire, state and federal level -- had been extremely supportive of the initiative.
While Blake concedes the project will not directly provide many new job opportunities in the region, he believes the infrastructure has the potential to boost the Cooma economy.
"There are a lot of towns like Cooma around Australia that are all vying for investment and development opportunities. This kind of infrastructure will attract attention and investment to the town," Blake said. "We have an excellent climate for all sorts of different industries. We've got the real estate, the people and now we can also offer top-of-the-range communications infrastructure."