The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a government initiative designed to offer businesses faster and more reliable broadband connectivity to improve operational efficiencies. Once the rollout phase of the NBN ends, companies in Australia will no longer be able to use services such as ISDN as these will be switched off. Since there’s no opting-out of this initiative, it’s especially important that you protect your business by taking the necessary steps to ensure that you have compatible equipment and technology in place. Here are three pitfalls to avoid that could delay or prevent your compliance.
- Not Changing Your Telecoms Infrastructure
Any new product or telecoms service has to be NBN compliant so speaking to your preferred service provider (phone or internet) about your requirements is advisable. Even if it isn’t available immediately in your area, it soon will be, and you don’t want to have to make unnecessary expensive replacements. Modems, for instance, need to be VDSL2-compatible. While some current ADSL2 modems are compliant, it’s best to check with your service provider if you can keep your existing infrastructure or if you’ll need to change to a more specific compliant device.
- Overlooking Your Other Equipment
It isn’t just the modems and phones that need to be NBN compliant. Equipment such as fax machines and fire indicator panels that operate via landlines and even security alarms utilising copper phone lines also need to be compliant when the switchover takes place. Conducting proper research beforehand on what equipment of yours could be affected will make sure your business is protected.
- Not Being Aware Of Processing Times
Businesses have been given 18 months’ notice ahead of the planned disconnection date to allow enough time for research and planning to take place. The closer to the scheduled switchover date we get, the more businesses will be trying to make last minute changes., which will most likely result in a snowball effect that will delay processing times. To ensure you don’t wait longer than is necessary, begin the process of upgrading to the NBN early.
The faster broadband and speedier downloads offered by NBN is going to change the way you do business. However, it is important to prepare yourself for the changeover by making sure that you have the correct compatible devices and that those essential services are also compliant. If you need to check whether you need a new phone system or if you have any other NBN-related concern, you can contact the experts at the Odessi Group today.