The National Broadband Network (nbn) has been in development for quite some time. It’s already been rolled out in some parts of the country and is expected to be completed by 2021. There’s been a lot of political back and forth over the viability of the network, with criticism coming from certain corners. We view these as teething problems, believing that a strong, consistent broadband network across the country is a grand step forward.
Let’s have a closer look at what the nbn is, how it will benefit your business, and what you might need to do to prepare.
What is the nbn and how does it work?
The nbn aims to provide fast and reliable internet to everyone in Australia, from the most remote communities to the central hubs. In the past, the connectivity in particular regions of Australia has been patchy at best. Having a consistently reliable network is beneficial for everyone, not just companies and individuals based in remote areas. It also benefits anyone in the nation with associates, partners, or family that are in far-flung corners of the country.
This network will consist of a few different types of technology, dubbed the Multi Technology Mix (MTM). The MTM will consist of fibre connected directly your premises; fibre connected to your local node (or cabinet); hybrid fibre-coaxial, which repurposes those old ‘pay TV’ wires from 1990s; fixed wireless, broadcasted from multiple transmission towers; and satellite services from two purpose-built satellites.
How will the nbn affect my business?
There are numerous benefits to your business once you’ve switched over. These include:
- A dramatic increase in internet speed
- A more reliable connection
- Better quality VOIP and video conferencing
- The potential for significant reduction in infrastructure
- Smoother cloud access
- Unhindered access to potential new markets (and vice versa)
- Increased flexibility with remote workers
What do I need to do to prepare for the nbn?
There are a few things you need to keep in mind as the changeover approaches. Primarily, phone systems existing on the old copper networks will be cut off. As this cabling isn’t equipped to handle the demands of internet in the modern age, they will be retired. This means you’ll need to make sure you have a system in place prior to the time of the copper based services being switched off.
Additionally, the nbn will affect every device you are using. This includes eftpos terminals, alarm and security systems, as well as industry specific equipment such as HICAPS (Health Industry Claims and Payments Services). You should check whether these systems will be compatible under the nbn to ensure you won’t be left in the lurch.
There seems to be an idea floating around that the nbn will be optional. This is not the case. As previously mentioned, outdated infrastructure will be cut off, and the nbn will replace it.
LOOKUP.com are experts in IT, and our managed services cover every part of your network. We can help you navigate the changeover and ensure you’ll be continuing to operate without interruption. To find out more, contact us today.