The project will deliver new network infrastructure and boost internet capacity for regional communities and businesses.

Led by the newly formed Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW), the EOI is seeking innovative digital solutions that will improve the price, quality of service and choice in the target locations of Wagga Wagga, Parkes, Dubbo, and a corridor west to Cobar, as well as a fibre solution for residents in Sutton, Bywong and Wamboin.

Gig State will seek the most effective and innovative ways to upgrade the critical digital links for Regional NSW to deliver improved digital services, ensuring the potential of regional communities, businesses and local economies is not limited by geography and technology in an increasingly online world.

Full details of the EOI are available on the NSW Government’s eTendering website. The EOI will close at 9.30am on 2 June 2020.

The EOI is the first step in the two-stage tender process for the Gig State project, with a ‘Request for Tender’ (RFT) to follow later this year.

Gig State is part of the $400 million Regional Digital Connectivity program, announced in 2019, which is focused on ensuring families and businesses across Regional NSW have better access to mobile, internet and digital services.

The Gig State project and Regional Digital Connectivity program are part of the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, led by the Department of Regional NSW.