Bundaberg has been selected as one of 85 regional Business Fibre Zones across Australia to benefit from faster internet connections.
NBN launched its Business Fibre Initiative this week to advance the digital capability of businesses across Australia.
Minister for Regional Communications, Mark Coulton, said the program would 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 $1200 and $6000 for those based outside capital city centres,” he said.
Federal member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, welcomed the Business Fibre Zone being installed in Bundaberg.
“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 O’Dowd 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 says Enterprise Ethernet is designed for service providers serving end customers who need high levels of speed, performance and reliability when moving their vital data.
Enterprise Ethernet enables service providers to order wholesale bandwidth speeds from 10/10Mbps to nearly 1Gbps. This allows the network to scale to the bandwidth requirements of each business.
Bundaberg Regional Council's Executive Director Strategic Projects and Economic Development, Ben Artup, welcomed the Government's initiative.
“It provides funding for businesses to get a fibre upgrade through their current retailer, which is a good thing,” he said.
NBN Co Chief Development Officer, Regional and Remote, Gavin Williams said: “Regional communities stand to benefit significantly from increased business potential made possible by digital technologies, including the creation of new businesses, the regional relocation of businesses and access to new opportunities for innovation, productivity and growth.
“Internet retailers will now have a greatly expanded reach to help enable those opportunities with NBN wholesale premium-grade business solutions, providing new levels of choice and digital capability for businesses across the country.”