Wednesday, 17 June 2020 12:39

TasmaNet chief sees NBN as critical player in Australia’s ‘return’ to economic growth Featured

TasmaNet CEO Elizabeth Aris TasmaNet CEO Elizabeth Aris

Tasmanian communications provider TasmaNet CEO Elizabeth Aris says Australia’s $51 billion investment in the National Broadband Network has never looked so good, but 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.

“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,” Aris said.

Aris says TasmaNet has benefited substantially from a partnership with NBN, noting that 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 - including public and private schools, along with business, enterprise and government customers of all sizes and industries, councils, healthcare and aged care, financial services, manufacturing, retail, professional services and transport.

Aris said 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, and 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 - and 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 said, adding that ”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”, and “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," Aris said.

“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.

“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.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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