The National Broadband Network (NBN) has headlined news networks, front lined political debates and left many consumers pondering about its worth. However, as small business owners, the question of how the NBN rollout will affect businesses is a big one.
The NBN aims to replace the current copper wire infrastructure with optical fibres, fixed wires and satellite to provide faster and more reliable internet across Australia. It will reduce costs and deliver high speed internet that will help boost productivity for businesses.
It will not only effect your WIFI, but also EFTPOS, health claim terminals, alarm systems, fax, emergency lift phones and more. Most devices are compatible, however you should double check the compatibility of your equipment.
There is no charge to connect your business to the NBN network, however your service provider may charge additional fees to set up or transfer your contract to the NBN, so check with them.
The main issues with the network rollout is that it will take some time. As a national network, every home and business in Australia cannot be connected instantaneously.
Currently, most of the Geelong region has not been connected, however you can check your area’s readiness on the NBN website.
Once the NBN has been set up in your area you will have 18 months to connect before the disconnection of previous services. The entire country should be NBN ready by 2020.
Making sure your business is NBN ready will help to ensure a smooth and quick transfer. Check out the Australian Competition and Consumer’s website for ways that you can prepare for the rollout.