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Canberra is one of Australia’s leading centres for information and communications technologies.
Canberra’s close proximity to the Australian Government makes it a prime location for IT providers to do business.
The Australian Government spends billions of dollars on ICT services each year.
By 2025, Australia aims to have one of the top 3 digital governments in the world. The Canberra-based Digital Transformation Agency is developing this strategy.
Business IT activity is strong in Canberra.
The sector comprises more than 1,000 businesses. These range from multinationals down to micro businesses.
There’s a range of government IT services, including:
Many of the world’s leading IT firms have significant operations in Canberra. These include:
Several large Australian IT businesses operate in Canberra, including:
A number of local firms have significant product development activity in Canberra under their new owners. These include:
MXA Consulting continues to have a significant Australian Government client base in Canberra.
Canberra’s status as ‘Australia’s Cyber Security Capital’ is best demonstrated by the strategic connections between:
Learn more about the Cyber security sector in Canberra.
A number of companies have IT R&D operations in Canberra. These support government IT priorities and include:
Canberra has a world-class data centre and cloud computing capacity.
The Australian Government demands secure cloud services. Supporting infrastructure has attracted billions of dollars worth of business investment in data centres in Canberra. This includes:
Companies with major data centres in Canberra include:
Canberra has a range of IT businesses across a range of technology sectors, including:
Canberra hosts 3 of Australia’s leading universities:
It also hosts:
Relevant courses and programs from each institution are listed below.
Canberra is a leading centre of research in information technology. The city has key strengths in cyber security, analytics and machine learning.
The following organisations specialise in IT research.
Data61 employs more than 100 staff and research students in Canberra. It spends around $19 million per year here.
ANU has very strong research capabilities in IT through its College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Fields of expertise include:
ANU’s 3A Institute is Australia’s leading research group in the field of AI, particularly the issues of:
This is the Southern Hemisphere’s most integrated super computer and computational facility. It supports the most advanced:
Contracts for a major upgrade to this facility were let in 2019, which will result in the facility becoming up to 10 times more powerful. The upgrade was made possible with $70 million in Australian Government funding under The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
Canberra has the best optic fibre networks in Australia.
This is an independent, secure point-to-point fibre connection and protocol between buildings in Canberra. It began in 1991 as a private communications network between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sites. It has expanded to 150,000km of fibre across the capital.
TransACT provides broadband services to government and Canberrans. TransACT built a Fibre To The Curb broadband network serving around 50,000 households in Canberra. It provides broadband fibre to every public school, hospital and the ACT government offices.
AARNet provides ultra-high speed and capacity to Canberra universities and CSIRO. Speeds are as high as 100 gigabits per second.
The NBN has largely completed the rollout of fibre across Canberra with services available in most suburbs.
To learn more about how to explore ICT business opportunities in Canberra, contact our Investment Team.