Proposed data network to make Northern Territory Australia's "gateway" to Asia

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CANBERRA, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- A proposed data superhighway would turn the Northern Territory (NT) into Australia's "digital gateway" to Asia.

The 1.5 billion Australian dollar (1.16 billion U.S. dollar) "HyperOne" project proposed by technology entrepreneur Bevan Slattery would involve connecting all of Australia's capital cities for the first time via 20,000 kilometers of fibre network.

An interconnection point for undersea cables into Australia from Asia would be built in Darwin.

The project would create 10,000 jobs during construction and be capable of transmitting 10,000 terabits of data per second.

According to Slattery it would be the largest private digital infrastructure network of its kind in Australia and would deliver more transmission capacity than any other network.

Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of the NT, said that the project would make Darwin the "key point of digital interconnect between Southeast Asia and Australia's east coast."

"We will be the digital entrance for the rest of Asia into Australia, and we are ready to roll out the red carpet," he told News Corp Australia on Thursday.

"Infrastructure investment at this scale will supercharge Darwin's appeal as a base for both digital start-ups and multinational companies."

Slattery said that his team was in discussions with the National Broadband Network (NBN), Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) and the federal and NT government.

He said that Australia's current data transmission network was built prior to the proliferation of smartphones and was not prepared for future industries.

"HyperOne is big, bold and way overdue," Slattery said in a statement. Enditem

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