The Gosford City Council is developing cloud computing and virtual computing solutions that will help improve the intermittent mobile service and erratic web hosting solutions in the metropolis.
Since it became the first local government council in Australia to secure its own telecommunications carrier license from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on July 2013, the execution of this ambitious strategy is becoming a reality.
Now that the council has combined its telecoms flexibility with its new status, as a National Broadband Network (NBN) reseller, it can execute its “Gosford Anywhere” strategy without the high costs.
According to Gregory Punshon, the council’s manager for Information Management and Technology, “We have a much larger burden on us, geographically, to provide networking solutions compared with, say, Sydney. It’s not a palatable commercial model for a traditional carrier to land data services into parts of the city where there’s only a handful of users, and there’s never any payback for that.”
Improving broadband reach, its services and capabilities will help increase workforce productivity in Gosford.
Punshon adds that the council also wants to ensure that “services that are essential for use during an emergency are provided in such a way that you can guarantee they’re available when needed.”
Punshon also emphasized that they are not planning to “grow a telecommunications empire.” The council is not trying to compete with telco providers but it is willing to go into “areas where telco providers can’t get a toehold.”
The council now has an infrastructure framework that is able to support the city’s strategic IT planning with a network that will support more mobile users and consolidate application and networking environments of up to three dozen separate business units.
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