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TasmaNet sees nbn as key to reigniting broad-based economic growth

Australia’s $51 billion investment in the nbn has never looked so good, says TasmaNet’s Chief Executive, Elizabeth Aris. She suggests that as the National Cabinet plots the nation’s return to economic growth, a wholehearted cross-sector embrace of the nbn’s full potential is essential. 

Aris says: “As Australia’s National Cabinet focuses on safely unlocking the nation’s economy and returning it to growth, it’s essential it has a complementary strategy to enable every enterprise, including the public sector, to adopt an nbn-first approach to help power economic growth in our regions”.

TasmaNet has benefited substantially from a partnership with nbn. The company sold its first nbn Enterprise Ethernet service in December 2018 within hours of the product being launched and has since deployed this new technology successfully across many sites. 

These include public and private schools, along with business, enterprise and government customers of all sizes and industries including councils, healthcare and aged care, financial services, manufacturing, retail, professional services and transport.
Some customers like Tsimos Commercial Real Estate have seen productivity improvements of 30-40% from being able to upload and download large files in seconds.

Small businesses in regional locations like MyTyreSite are now able to compete nationally and internationally driving millions of dollars in additional revenue into the Australian economy.

Catholic Education Tasmania has also connected most of its 38 schools enabling schools to deliver innovative online learning opportunities for students such as robotics and connect with other students globally via video conferencing.  

TasmaNet has worked closely with the nbn to improve delivery times, which have reduced by over 50% in the past 12 months.  
Aris says the nbn is the already-built major infrastructure that a big, resilient, agile and entrepreneurial digital economy like Australia’s deserves. Powerful, reliable and affordable, the nbn has played a remarkable behind-the-scenes role supporting enterprise throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

As the home front became shop front, classroom and office for many Australians, demand for bandwidth-intensive tools like remote access to learning materials and video conferencing became mission critical. A connection to nbn high speed dedicated fibre enabled many enterprises to instantly increase bandwidth capacity.

According to Aris, just a few years ago, this technological flexibility was unthinkable. Only large city-based companies could access or afford expensive dedicated fibre provided by legacy carriers.

The nbn Enterprise Ethernet (EE) product changed all that. Over one million businesses in the nbn fixed-line footprint can be enabled by EE’s symmetric upload and download speeds of up to 1Gbps—and 70% of them are eligible for free installation.

Like any enterprise, government agencies are already reaping nbn benefits and significant cost savings. But many more could be doing so, instead of unnecessarily paying millions for expensive legacy carrier fibre. TasmaNet encourages the National Cabinet to adopt an nbn-first strategy across the public sector.

Aris concludes: “The slogan ‘We’re in this together’ has been the Covid-19 rallying cry and the nbn has played an important role keeping the nation together.

As we go for growth, let’s get more enterprise from every sector of our economy, with every corner of the nation connected to it. The more governments encourage nbn uptake, the more we’ll leverage the nation’s $51 billion investment in this extraordinary infrastructure.”

David Frost
PR Deadlines, for TasmaNet