Businesses in Mount Gambier will be able to order high-speed fibre broadband as NBN Co rolls out new Business Fibre Zones, which will help boost economic growth and productivity.
NBN Co’s Business Fibre Initiative is part of a $700 million package to transform the accessibility and affordability of business-grade fibre.
Under the new initiative announced by the Government this week, businesses located in the Mount Gambier Business Fibre Zone will be able to request a fibre upgrade through their retailer at no upfront cost.
The initiative will offer wholesale symmetrical speeds from 10 Mbps up to 1 Gbps on request to more than 700,000 businesses in 240 Business Fibre Zones and will reduce wholesale pricing by up to 67 per cent for businesses in Zones outside metropolitan centres.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP who is also Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network, said the Government is backing this significant investment into Australia’s small and medium businesses, which will be critical to our economic recovery from COVID-19.
“During this global health crisis the NBN has proven itself to be a vital national asset. It has supported Australian businesses as they have innovated and adapted to digital operating models to overcome the challenges of the pandemic,” Mr Pasin said.
“Our Government understands the importance of continued investment into Australian businesses and digital connectivity. That’s why we are making affordable ultra-fast broadband available to more businesses Australia wide.”
85 of the 240 Business Fibre Zones will be located in regional centres, allowing regional businesses to benefit from the transformation to NBN wholesale business pricing, which will bring regional pricing into line with capital cities.
“Businesses within NBN Co’s Business Fibre Zones across the country will have access to CBD zone wholesale prices, driving annual cost savings of between $1,200 and $6,000 for those based outside capital city centres,” Mr Pasin said.
“The launch of the Business Fibre Initiative will support business critical applications including cloud storage and online collaboration helping our local businesses stay competitive in the digital age,” Mr Pasin said.
Enterprise Ethernet is NBN Co’s fastest wholesale product, which provides options for prioritised bandwidth, 24/7 dedicated support through NBN’s business operations centre, and symmetrical wholesale speeds suitable for data intensive applications such as online collaboration and cloud-based tools.
NBN Co will allocate $50 million to help expand these Business Fibre Zones by co-investing with Local Councils and State Governments.
More information about the Business Fibre Initiative is available at: nbnco.com.au/businessfibre
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