Australia's NBN Rollout: the Impact of 4G on IT and the Business Community
The rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is well on its way, with NBN Co having announced that construction of the network had commenced at 784,592 premises during 2012.
This slightly exceeds NBN Co's target of commencing or completing construction at 758,000 premises before the end of the year.
Despite this promising start, it is expected that the rollout of the infrastructure will be completed over a period of ten years.
The goal for the next three years is to ensure that more than 3.5 million premises including schools, homes, businesses and hospitals will have access to the new high speed optic fibre services.
This ambitious project begs the question - what will be the impact of 4G on IT and the business community?
The Australian government expects the benefits to be wide-ranging, but is particularly pushing the fact that improved broadband will boost productivity among both public and private sectors, and bring the nation up to speed with other countries.
Rolling out the NBN is also part of the Australian government's plan to become one of the world's leading digital economies by 2020. If this plan comes to fruition, what will that mean for IT jobs and the industry as a whole?
It is expected that the government will be positive about this project, but what do those in the IT industry and business sector think about the NBN?
According to former Tasmanian premier David Bartlett, the NBN will bring extensive benefits to businesses around the country - but only if they are prepared to maximise its potential.
In an interview with Computer World, Mr Bartlett expressed concern that businesses were not ready for the digital disruption that high speed internet would trigger.
Another commentator, senior director of consumer channels at Netgear Brad Little, also believes that the NBN will result in positive outcomes.
He recently wrote an article for the ABC's technology and games section entitled 'NBN bridging the technology gap: the future of connectivity'.
Mr Little, like David Bartlett, believes that while having the infrastructure there is undoubtedly important, "we need Australians to welcome this technological change and further participate with the digital world".