Swoop offers ‘smarter suburbs’ in Geelong

Fixed wireless and wholesale infrastructure service provider Swoop has partnered with the City of Greater Geelong to launch the Smarter Suburbs program to introduce an extensive free public Wi-Fi network.

According to Swoop, the program is funded by an investment of $1.8 million from the Department of Jobs, Constituencies and Regions (DJPR) to make Geelong sustainable.

The program is designed to connect regional communities by improving digital connectivity while tackling internet access disparities and affordability to deliver smarter suburbs.

Under the program, Swoop has partnered with smart city infrastructure provider Ene.Hub to provide an enhanced broadband trial to support business growth and innovation in North Geelong, delivering speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s.

Additional Wi-Fi locations have also been provided in central Geelong, the park area of ​​Kardinia and northern suburbs including Corio and Norlane.

This groundbreaking initiative aimed both to improve digital inclusion in the North and to future-proof the region.

Twenty-two kilometers of high-speed fiber optics and 19 smart nodes provide key services including public Wi-Fi, smart lighting, IoT gateways and video surveillance, opening the doors to a wealth of future possibilities.

“Geelong is an important region for Swoop. Over the past two years, Swoop has made a significant commitment with our own investment in our wireless broadband network around the city of Geelong,” said Swoop’s Chief Technology Officer, Tom Berryman.

“We are delighted to partner with Geelong City Council and Ene.Hub for the ‘Smart Cities and Suburbs’ program as we work towards a shared vision of connecting people to services.”

“Our 60 Ghz (mmWave) ‘enhanced broadband’ solutions provide customers with true gigabit capacity, delivered faster than traditional services. Swoop plans to deploy our mmWave platform in cities and surrounding areas through 2022 and into 2023,” Berryman concluded.

This first appeared in the CommsWire subscription newsletter on September 23, 2022.


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