Local telecommunications company IPTelco is installing a high speed internet network at the Port of Bundaberg to increase the capabilities of businesses in the area.
IPTelco Sales Consultant Mark Olofsen said the company had been in the Wide Bay for nine years and had operated an office from Bundaberg for almost five years.
“We basically provide high speed internet over the air on our private network that is completely independent of any other carrier,” Mark said.
“That means we can provide low contended, high speed internet services to our business and residential customers.”
The company works with local IT companies and businesses to identify areas of need and is now looking to fill the gap in Burnett Heads with its fibre wave technology.
“Our IT partners in Bundaberg have mentioned there is a necessity for this kind of service in this area.”
With a main focus on commercial and business connections, Mark said IPTelco already had a number of connections in the region including the Bundaberg CBD, the airport, Kensington and Kepnock.
“One of our major customers are Pacific Gold Macadamias.
“They had no option, so we actually built a network out to them,” he said.
Expanding high speed internet in to Burnett Heads, a number of businesses have already expressed an interest, including Monsoon Aquatics.
Owner and Business Manager Brooke Kimberley said the access would prove vital for her business.
“In terms of what we do it’s the perfect location and then we moved in and we discovered that there was not good internet connection,” Brooke said.
“Because we have other facilities in Darwin and Cairns the internet is really important to us.
“We’re communicating with customers all around the world, we use it for everything.
“We need access to fast internet, it means that we can be communicating really well, really fast.”
Monsoon Aquatics has plans to make its Port of Bundaberg enterprise the company’s “flagship facility” but said they couldn’t do that without access to high speed internet.
“This will really enable us to bed down in to this facility and look towards the future and grow the facility and get more staff in and do more.”
Mark said following its expansion to the port IPTelco was keen to keep expanding in to the Bundaberg Region.
“We’ve got major clients doing macadamias and growing agricultural products.
“We see major growth in this area.
“There are seven billion people in the world and, if this is the food bowl, we need to be here providing that bandwidth and that level of connectivity for businesses in and outside of town to compete with the global market.”
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