How your office can make the transition to the nbn™ with ease
As the National Broadband Network (nbn™) rolls out across the country, an increasing number of businesses are enjoying the benefits of fast and reliable broadband. For the foreseeable future, the internet will continue to be central to the way businesses operate and make money.
That’s why if your business isn’t connected yet, it’s best to get prepared, as getting left behind puts your business and your livelihood at risk. The good thing is, making a smooth transition is easy. To help you with the process, here is what you need to do.
Stay in the loop
With the country continuously upgrading to the nbn™, most landline and internet services will gradually be disconnected. This means that once the nbn™ is available in your area, you will have 18 months to move your services over before the existing network is switched off.
To prepare for this, your business will be notified by the NBNCo and most likely your current ISP. However, to stay ahead of the game you can also keep track of when the network is available, or when it is estimated to be available, with the Aussie Broadband nbn ™ availability checker. Overall, the nbn™ is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
Contact your landlord or register your building
In order to streamline the installation process, you’ll need to either:
- Register your building with NBNCo if you’re an owner of an apartment or unit block, retail complex, commercial, industrial, government or high rise building where your business takes place.
- Get your landlord’s consent for equipment to be installed inside or outside the business premise if you are leasing the property.
If you run into trouble getting your landlord on board, explain to them that:
- Your existing services will soon be disconnected and to remain connected, you will need to switch over to the nbn™ before the disconnection date.
- The government generally pays for the installation of nbn™ equipment.
Chat to your service provider
Once your office is ready to make the transition, it’s time to contact an ISP such as Aussie Broadband to choose a plan that works best for your business. To make the process smooth from the start, it’s best to evaluate your current connection needs and whether any additional sockets need to be installed. After choosing from the business nbn™ plans and packages available from Aussie Broadband, make sure you inform us about these so we can include them into your business’s installation plan.
How much data you will need depends on the size and requirements of your business. However, we can help you understand your usage needs and the types of plans available. If you’re unsure, you can always start with one of the smaller data allowances and simply upgrade if you need more. The same applies for the speed you choose.
The great thing is, switching over to a plan on the nbn™ shouldn’t be more expensive – unless you want the quickest speeds offered. The government is controlling wholesale pricing to make sure it’s fair for every business to benefit from faster, more reliable internet. For more information, check out this article on nbn™ speed tiers for more detailed information on the right nbn™ speed and download limit for your household or business.
Consider your equipment
Before making the switch, you will also need to think about all the connected devices your business needs to operate. Keep in mind that your current fax machines, security alarms, medical alarms, lift phones, and EFTPOS machines might not work on the nbn™.
To save any stress down the line, it’s recommended that you contact us and chat with our expert, Australian-based support team on 1300 880 905 about how to ensure your internal equipment remains functioning during the transition.
Don’t leave it too late
It doesn’t matter how big or small your business is, sooner or later you will have to switch over your services to the nbn™. To avoid any problems with your company, as well as your clients, it’s best to start the preparations early. Being without a connection for days, weeks or even months can cause major disruptions and negatively impact your business. That’s why it’s important to always stay up to date with the rollout, be aware of any changes you’ll need to make in the office, and when the time comes, choose a plan that works best for your business.