Connection to the NBN is now available to more than 4,500 homes and businesses in parts of Wollongong and Corrimal, NSW.
The announcement was made at an official switch-on event held in digital specialist agency Internetrix, one of the first small businesses in Wollongong to connect to a service over the NBN and was attended by local industry, community and government organisations.
NBN Co spokesperson, Darren Rudd said:
“Illawarra is now one of the most connected regions in the country with more than 18, 000 homes and businesses now able to access fast broadband via services over the NBN.”
“As local businesses continue to move away from traditional industries, access to the NBN has the potential to build a stronger ‘knowledge worker’ base and act as a key driver of productivity and economic growth.
“It’s important for local residents to know the move to services over the NBN is not automatic. We encourage everyone within the NBN footprint to contact their preferred telephone or internet service provider to get connected and start experiencing the benefits of fast broadband today.”
City of Wollongong Lord Mayor, Clr Gordon Bradbery said:
“Access to the NBN has brought the region up to speed in the digital space. With fast broadband Wollongong community members and businesses will be able to realise the full potential of a connected world.
“For Council, fast broadband is a vital piece of infrastructure that helps us achieve our community vision to become leaders in building an educated, creative and connected community – something that’s key to the future growth and prosperity of Wollongong.”
Internetrix Managing Director and Telstra customer, Daniel Rowan said:
“We have literally opened up a whole new world of communication since connecting to our Telstra NBN service. Our speeds have increased tenfold which means we are running at a more efficient rate and can send, receive and store data instantly across our offices.”*
“Our colleagues in China have immediately noticed the improvement in video conferencing as the speed and picture quality means we’re getting more out of meetings because we are no longer suffering lags or drop-outs.”*
“Now I have confidence in our new Telstra service over the NBN it’s saving the need for interstate travel to see existing and potential customers. Next week I was planning to go to City of Greater Bendigo Council about a potential project, now with the NBN in place at Internetrix the quality and reliability in video conferencing is so good that I don’t need be there in person.”*
Today’s announcement continues the momentum of the NBN rollout across Illawarra with more than 18,000 homes and businesses across Wollongong, Corrimal, Dapto and Kiama now able to connect. Physical construction is also underway to expand the network to an additional 30,000 homes and businesses across the Illawarra region.