Digital Connectivity
  • Last updated:
  • 07 Sep 2018

 The Sunshine Coast provides world-class, high-speed broadband at competitive rates in commercial centres in the region. Fibre optic, microwave and wireless communications are all available through a variety of carriers, allowing easy connections with international markets, suppliers and clients. 

From 2020, the Sunshine Coast will deliver Australia’s fastest telecommunications connection to Asia and the second fastest to the United States through the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network. The Sunshine Coast will be one of only three landing locations for international cables in Australia. This will put the region on the international business map as a leading business destination for commerce and industry. With future-proof capacity, the new cable will increase date transmission speed, reduce risk and lead to a reduction in international communications costs for business and consumers.

The region’s business and industrial precincts have access to business grade networks (optic fibre, DSL and wireless) from up to five major carriers. The National Broadband Network also continues to expand its footprint on the Sunshine Coast, with brownfields connectivity being rolled out across the region.

The Sunshine Coast was named as one of the world's Smart 21 Communities of 2014, 2015 and 2017 for embracing broadband technology to deliver economic opportunities that lead to new jobs, investment and social development. The region's innovation has also been recognized with awards from Google and PayPal for business and community take up and participation in digital solutions.

Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with Cisco and Telstra, has developed a Smart City Framework for the Maroochydore City Centre and designated development areas across the wider Sunshine Coast region. To find out more about the Smart City Program, download the Smart City Program Fact Sheet.[1014KB]

The Smart City Framework is designed to promote connectivity, liveability and economic growth through the implementation of technology and digital solutions across many facets of the public realm and the community’s daily life. This includes smart solutions for public lighting, parking, community information and waste management (to name a few). The Maroochydore City Centre will be developed from the ground up as Australia's first truly smart city. 

The Sunshine Coast Council also continues to expand the provision of free public WiFi as part of its Smart City Framework. a number of key tourist locations and tourist parks, and all galleries and libraries now have free public WiFi.