A report by the Australian Industry Group (AIG) says that even though the majority of respondents to a survey about business broadband have not begun to prepare for the NBN rollout, that rollout should give greater priority to "to poorly served businesses and industrial estates in outer suburban and regional areas."
The current NBN fibre rollout has been designed to minimise total cost, subject to certain constraints designed to avoid any appearance of favouritism based on electoral boundaries.
Deployment of the fixed wireless and satellite portions of the NBN were to take place over a significantly shorter period, so the exact order of coverage was much less important.
Many more were concerned about quality and reliability (44%), as well as access and connection costs (30%), and upload and download speeds (15%).
Which gives cause to wonder how the owners of surveyed businesses voted in the recent Federal election: all other things being equal, FTTP would provide a more reliable service than FTTN as it does not rely on the (in some areas ageing) copper network, and it gives faster uploads and downloads with current technology.
"Australian businesses recognise that access to high-speed broadband is increasingly important to their business," said AIG chief executive Innes Willox.
"75% of the businesses we surveyed rated access to high-speed broadband as important to their business over the next two to three years.
“Our research also found that nearly 40% of businesses rate their existing telecommunications infrastructure as inadequate."
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