Data services

Digital connectivity in Parkes set to soar

Press Release - 10 February 2022

Parkes Fibre

A high speed fibre network has been finalised in the Parkes Shire as part of NSW’s first Special Activation Precinct (SAP).

The Parkes Shire Council telecommunications partner, Lumea, is now providing secure, scalable and high speed Lumea Carrier Ethernet and Lumea Business Internet along Brolgan road, where the SAP is located.

Businesses along the path will benefit from full fibre drop off flexibility, and connectivity up to 10Gbps or higher, with options to connect onto the Lumea Data Centre Interconnect (DCI) ecosystem for edge computing and cloud connectivity.

Parkes Shire Council Mayor Ken Keith OAM said, “It’s great to see cutting-edge infrastructure delivered in Parkes that will improve the digital connectivity in the region and benefit local businesses located in the SAP.” 

Lumea Head of Telecommunications, Glenn Wood, said “I’m extremely proud of the delivery of high speed network services that sees the Parkes business community benefit from faster and more scalable data services.”

Digital connectivity for Parkes will help accelerate the economic growth of the region, which includes key industries of agriculture and mining, as well as a strong transport and logistics industry.

“Businesses located in the SAP, including SCT Logistics, Master Pet's Pet Care Kitchen and Pacific National, as well as future businesses in the area will have access to speeds and performance that rival metropolitan centres. Fibre really is the critical infrastructure of the modern economy, and that’s why bridging the digital divide between regional and urban centres is of such high importance to us at Lumea.”

The fibre network was built using the existing Lumea Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) backbone network combined with self-build underground and aerial fibre in conjunction with utilities partner Essential Energy.

Mark Beasley, Head of TelBU with Essential Energy said “We are committed to playing a significant role in the transformation and development of regional NSW. The Parkes SAP is a great example of how we were able to utilise our assets and skills to facilitate the deployment of optical fibre.”

“Together with Lumea, Essential Energy was able to bridge the digital divide, in what we see as just the beginning of a new and exciting future for the communities we support,” he said.

While Lumea Carrier Ethernet and Lumea Business Internet services are currently only available for those who are located along Brolgan road, Lumea has the capability to extend this reach to support the wider business community in Parkes, based on local demand.

The activation of the Parkes SAP is an important step in the NSW Government’s 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW released in 2018.


About Lumea:

First established in 2017 as a business division within Transgrid, Lumea has built an industry reputation as experts in designing, delivering and operating complex projects for customers. Combining proven expertise in infrastructure and telecommunication services and commercial and technical innovation, Lumea has a portfolio of over 10GW of renewable energy generation being brought into the market and is also a leading provider of telecommunications services with a focus on regional areas, data transmission and emergency broadcast services.


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