The Sunshine Coast is leading the way in the future of broadband and telecommunications, with Maroochydore-based development Emporio set to become the first major mixed-use multi-level development on the Sunshine Coast to be connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Sunshine CoastMayor Mark Jamieson said the connection of the new high-speed broadband network at Emporio was an exciting milestone for the Sunshine Coastcommunity and was the first step in rolling out faster, more reliable broadband access across the region.
“NBN connectivity brings with it a number of benefits including the ability to telecommute, take advantage of remote work and study opportunities and even access health services online,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“While we’ve long become accustomed to travelling in-person to see a health professional, the NBN will allow some patients to liaise with their doctor directly from their home, saving time and energy. This is just one example of how the NBN will change the way we live and do business,” he said.
Developer Account Manager with NBN Co, Mr Alan Rich, said once NBN Co had rolled out in an area, residents and businesses would have access to broadband via a retail service provider at speeds of up to 100Mbps* at the wholesale level.
“This is the current maximum speed offered over the network, but this is planned to increase to up to 1 gigabit per second next year, with further upgrades possible in the future,” Mr Rich said.
Reed Property Group Project Director Ross Webb said the 1 gigabit per second speed could allow consumers to download a four gigabyte high-definition movie in as little as 30 seconds.
Emporio residents will be some of the first people inAustraliaable to make the most of the new offerings once they move into the newly constructed development in the coming weeks.
Mr Webb said Emporio residential tenants were not the only ones who would benefit from the NBN roll-out in the near future; the precinct’s retail and commercial tenants would also be some of the first in Australiato take their businesses to a new level once NBN business grade products were released in 2013.
“Businesses within future stages of Emporio will soon have the ability to access sophisticated applications such as real-time online tools through cloud computing, and take advantage of more flexible work practices through greater scope for teleworking,” Mr Webb said.
“Business tenants will also be given the opportunity to expand their market and customer base by transacting online through data-rich websites that show high-resolution images and videos of products and services.”
Mayor Jamieson said those businesses based at Emporio that wanted access to business grade products before the NBN products became available in 2013 would not be disappointed.
“Sunshine Coast Council has been working in partnership with a number of local organisations as part of the ‘Connecting on the Coast’ initiative, which focuses on facilitating the development of enhanced telecommunications infrastructure across the SunshineCoastregion,” he said.
“As a result of the work that has been undertaken, Emporio business tenants can access business-grade broadband products as soon as they move in to the commercial and retail space.”
The Emporio community is fast coming to life and will be open to the public in just a few short weeks.
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