NBN offers new business opportunities

WITH the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll out now 50 per cent complete, Glenorchy residents and businesses have a unique opportunity to develop new industries in the area.

NBN corporate manager Russell Kelly said many of the mainland cities would not have NBN for another three years, which presented a range of unique business development opportunities.

“Locals can choose to become software designers or film animators, which would mean Glenorchy children would no longer have to go to the mainland to work,” he said.

Mr Kelly presented his findings to the Moonah and Glenorchy Business Association (MGBA) at its dinner meeting in July.

He said the NBN, which would be fully connected by 2018, also offered potential advantages to existing Glenorchy businesses.

“Faster internet can lead to great business efficiency, more reliable financial transactions and internet banking,” Mr Kelly said.

“It even provides more power to retailers to have an online shop in addition to their street front.”

Due to the connection process, residential homes and buildings will receive their NBN connection first.

MGBA president Beres Taylor said the good news was that if a business was inconvenienced, it was encouraged not to “suffer in silence.”

“Complain and you will be instantly escalated and receive a case manager to find a solution,” he said.

Once businesses or homes are connected to the NBN, they will be required to contact a service provider to complete the in-premises connections.

Telstra Business Centre director Steve Lance said it was “critical” to move a business onto the NBN.

“We can manage the connection personally with our local team, who will take ownership of the transition to the NBN,” he said.

MGBA will be hosting a free information forum in August to update business owner and managers on the NBN roll out.

Forum participants with a business card entry will also have the chance to win a HTC10 smart phone valued at $1,099 as a door prize.

The forum will be held on Tuesday 23 August at the Telstra Business Centre, located at 332 Main Road Glenorchy.

To reserve a seat, contact the MGBA on telephone 0438 627 281.

Caption: Moonah and Glenorchy Business Association president Beres Taylor, left, and NBN corporate manager Russell Kelly.

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