Industry strengths and capabilities

Robust infrastructure

The success of the NSW ICT sector is founded on the state's world-class infrastructure and business networks.

NSW has six international fibre optic cable networks linking Australia with Asia, Europe and the United States. The sector's telecommunications capacity is set to grow even faster with the rollout of Australia's National Broadband Network, an Australian Government initiative that will connect regional and urban areas to a 100 megabit-per-second fibre communications network.

The sector benefits from a highly skilled workforce of software engineers, computer scientists and programmers backed by exceptional universities and courses which attract thousands of foreign students every year. It is also well supported by active industry associations, including the Australian Computer Society, the Australian Information Industry Association and the Australian Industry Group.

A leader in global data centre technology

NSW is also a leader in global data centre technology, a major growth sector given the amount of digital content being created globally which needs to be stored. For example, Global Switch, the leading wholesale data centre provider in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region has a base in NSW. The company's existing Sydney data centre campus is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. And it's expanding – the proposed Phase II of its Sydney campus is expected to directly inject A$300 million into the NSW economy.