Some of Tasmania's biggest IT companies are in talks with multi-nationals about the state becoming Australia's technology hotspot, in the event of a Coalition victory on Saturday

Most Australians are uncertain about the country's broadband future after the election.

Labor would continue its fibre-to-the-premises rollout, while the Coalition is campaigning on a fibre-to-the-node model.

But the Coalition has committed to honouring existing fibre-to-the-premises contracts in Tasmania, where the rollout is due to finish by the end of 20-15.

Tas ICT's Dean Winter says the state has a number of competitive advantages.

"One of them could be having this superior NBN roll out completed before everyone else and to a superior standard, so that's a really great competitive advantage for Tasmania," he said.

"Not only have the best NBN available but also have it before the rest of the country."

The company Secret Lab is developing games for phones and tablets.

Its founders have worked in Silicon Valley but decided to base their business in Hobart.

Spokesman Jon Manning says they were lured by the promise of superfast broadband.

"We've found that Australia's a much nicer place to be but because of the differences in technology and available infrastructure the United States is right now an easier place to get work done," he said.

Joel Harris of telecommunications business TasmaNet says there has already been international interest from companies wanting to research and develop technology in the state.

"We already have three or four major international companies talking with us at the moment about replicating what we're doing with Extreme Networks."

Andy How from Techquity says Tasmania's isolation is also a drawcard.

"When it comes down to testing software and marketing initiatives and new technologies, having a restricted geographic allows organisations to test with absolute accuracy," said Mr How.

The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce's Michael Bailey says the rollout will hopefully attract more investment as well as create jobs.

"I think it does provide a link in to the new economy we keep talking about," he said.

"It provides a real window into new opportunities and new business chances for business in the state, so I think we could see increased employment in those sectors."

 

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