“By 2020, Australia will rank in the top five (OECD) countries in the percentage of households that connect to broadband at home.”*
It’s a bold statement, but this is the unwavering vision of our Government as they prepare to roll out new high-speed broadband network, otherwise known as the national broadband network (NBN).
The goal is that 93 per cent of Australia’s 13 million homes will have access to the NBN through fibre to the premises technology, capable of providing broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second. One gigawhat? For those of you who are unsure, a ‘bit’ is a basic unit of information in computing. ‘Bits per second’ (bps) is a common measure for data transmission speed and a ‘gigabit’ is one thousand million bits per second. It’s pretty much the Usain Bolt of broadband quick.
While this means we can all say goodbye to slow download times, tedious buffering and dodgy Skype sessions; speed is not the only positive households will gain from the roll out.
The NBN will also promote timesaving activities such as telecommuting, remote work (I’ve heard a few ‘hear hears’ around the office for this), remote study opportunities, information gathering, price/product discovery and enhanced access to health services. We’ll also be able to (wait for it)… video conference in large screen 3D! It’s exciting times indeed.
Some parties have argued that it has come too late while others argue that the NBN is nothing other than ”a colossal white elephant” and has rightly been pushed to one side over the past decade. The question has been: do all 22 million Australians need high-speed internet?
We would love to know your thoughts…
Sam Edmond is the Social Media Coordinator at Aussie