NBN Developments That Will Have a Positive Impact on Australian Businesses

No matter how sophisticated your hardware and software, one vital component it needs to work efficiently is the broadband that connects it to the world. Without a well-functioning internet connection, businesses lag behind and are running with one virtual hand tied behind their backs.

This is one of the reasons that the NBN (National Broadband Network) was established in Australia in 2009, to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband at affordable prices to power everything from their streaming services to business technology solutions.

NBN is government owned and it replaces the old phone and broadband networks used by residential and business customers.

As of 2017, about 1 in 3 Australians didn’t have plans to switch to NBN or even know what it was.

NBN is not only designed to help level the playing field when it comes to affordable high-speed internet availability, it’s also compulsory. In most cases Australians need to switch to it within 18 months from being notified it’s available in their area.

NBN is a wholesaler, so customers don’t purchase a plan directly from them, but rather through their preferred phone and internet provider. Their website offers a way to check immediately if NBN has yet been rolled out in your area.

What are the Advantages of NBN Broadband?

Some businesses are wondering why they need to switch and whether this government initiative is going to have a positive impact on their business or not.

The goal of the NBN rollout is threefold for businesses:

  • Choice: More internet provider options provide a potential for greater value.
  • Flexibility: NBN allows service providers to offer a wider range of customised solutions to fit your specific speed and bandwidth needs.
  • Reliability: Premium service options are designed to reduce downtime and offer business-grade solutions.

Let’s take a look at a few ways that Business NBN can help improve your internet experience.

Network Improvements

NBN utilises newer technology than many of the old broadband networks have in place. This includes a multi-technology mix of:

  • Fibre to the premises (FTTP)
  • Fibre to the building (FTTB)
  • Fibre to the node (FTTN)
  • Hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC)
  • Fixed wireless
  • Satellite

The improved network is providing improved internet speeds on fixed-line NBN services, including during high-demand times.

For example, NBN plans with a maximum speed of 25 Mbps saw average download speeds of 22.7 Mbps during busy periods as compared with speeds of just 7.2 Mbps for those using ADSL services.

Improved network speeds help Australian businesses stay competitive and ensure they aren’t hindered when it comes to the connections vital to running their businesses and serving customers in this digital age.

Cost Reduction

By offering more choices and allowing businesses to choose plans across a variety of internet service providers, NBN helps reduce the cost for high-speed broadband.

Businesses also have more options so they can choose the level of plan that fits them best instead of having to pay for more than they need. We found over 190 plan options offered at Finder.

As recently as November 2019, NBN confirmed new wholesale discounts to service providers, which were expected to be passed down to customers, lowering internet costs even further.

Business-Grade Plans

Instead of having to rely on the same internet that residential customers use, businesses can choose plans designed specifically for their needs. NBN took the requirements of business into consideration when designing their wholesale solution, including high-performance, business-grade plans designed for maximum uptime.

Dedicated Business Support

NBN set up a 24/7 dedicated operations centre in Melbourne in 2018 to specifically handle business connections and fault fixes. The centre is designed to be a single point of contact for retail service providers that sell NBN business plans.

NBN also stated that business orders would be prioritised over residential, further backing up their commitment to get businesses in Australia connected to reliable, high-speed broadband.

Enterprise Ethernet Options

For enterprise corporations that require another level of speed, quality, and service, NBN offers Enterprise Ethernet. Benefits include:

  • Fastest wholesale product speed (up to 1,000/1,000Mbps (1Gbps))
  • Designed to comply with global high reliability standards
  • Enterprise grade service with a 24/7 dedicated service team

Satellite Service for Rural Areas

Those businesses in rural or remote areas haven’t been left out of the NBN internet rollout. The NBN Satellite Service was specifically created to give business-class high-speed broadband service to Australian businesses outside the fixed line network.

They offer business critical internet access along with:

  • Virtual ISP internet access: Designed for businesses needing internet access outside their core systems, such as mining operations needing crew access.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): Enabling connectivity for businesses with data collection devices in remote areas.

Is Your Technology Optimised for Faster Broadband Speeds?

Elevate helps Australian businesses make the most of their IT investment and that includes ensuring no part of their technology infrastructure is holding them back. Work with us and feel confident that your tech is fully optimised and working for you.

Contact us for an IT consultation today. Call 1300.463.538 or reach out online.