Home Telecoms & NBN MyNetFone Business Continuity provides 4G back-up
MyNetFone Business general manager for small business and channel partners Lee Atkinson MyNetFone Business general manager for small business and channel partners Lee Atkinson

Communications service provider MyNetFone Business has announced its Business Continuity plans that provide fixed line services with 4G back-up.

There's nothing new about routers that include 3G or 4G wireless data capabilities as a fallback when fixed-line services are simply not available or are out of action – they've been around for years.

Telstra launched its Gateway Frontier modem/router nearly two years ago providing 4G back-up for ADSL, cable and NBN services, but wireless speeds are limited to 6/1Mbps.

Just over a year ago, Vodafone followed suit. It limits wireless speeds to a slightly more generous 12/1Mbps, but put some fairly harsh restrictions on when 3G/4G can be used. There's unlimited use between sign-up and NBN service installation, and a maximum of 30 days' use in the event of a subsequent fault with your NBN service - but nothing when there's a more general outage.

MyNetFone's approach seems more realistic: the "Business Continuity solution kicks in automatically when business internet is down". Which is what you probably want. Even issues such as authentication errors are covered.

Typical 4G speeds are said to be between 2Mbps and 50Mbps for dowloads, and 1Mbps to 10Mbps for uploads.

Business Continuity is available with any MyNetFone Internet service: Ethernet, NBN or ADSL. The deal includes a business-grade router warranty that lasts the duration of the contract.

"Connectivity is the backbone of modern businesses yet so many businesses are at risk with no internet backup. Internet is not failproof, cables can be damaged or cut leaving businesses unable to operate in the current digital age," said MyNetFone Business's recently appointed general manager for small business and channel partners, Lee Atkinson.

"It is not just emails that are affected by Internet downtime. Voice calls, payment facilities and access to cloud-based applications and storage is at risk. Any downtime has a huge and lasting impact on a business’s bottom line and reputation with clients."

The company was silent on the matter of pricing.


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