Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Importance of high speed broadband for business

We thought we'd share a little internet speed secret with our readers...

Our office has some of the fastest broadband in Australia. In fact we moved to our current office because we could get the full throttle, pure fibre optic broadband offered by our suppliers.

Truth be told we hunted around for months to find an office premise that had the full fibre deal that our National Broadband Network (NBN) was offering in our area.

Yes it flies faster than a speeding bullet, leaps tall buildings with a single bound and is indeed more powerful than a locomotive. Super Man stuff really. Though it is in more subtle ways where the unexpected dividends lie.

Our full fibre connection has enabled us to run a series of fully operational trial servers. Nothing transactional or world beating of course.  Though this allows us to experiment with new web based technologies of all sorts by getting our hands dirty.

We also can run internal only servers that open up for resources from outside occasionally. Showing a potential client a new concept or feature for example. The added bonus is we don't need to keep talking to our secure server house people before we need to and we like occasionally just playing with the servers.

We also run a streaming video server of the view outside our office. Which happens to be quiet spectacular much of the time. We run that though a YouTube Channel and stream a local radio station for those that want to stare out the window on their screen.
Here it is, for those that wish to watch.

Another advantage of all this capacity is that we can share it with our clients and colleagues. They drop into the offices when they need to get move seizable things around the internet. It's no skin off our nose due to our unlimited plan. It's great to have a reason to catch up with them while they're here, we talk about new ideas and motivate each other in various ways.

More than occasionally we are swamped by people that come in to use our super fast internet. When nearby internet connections go down or go slow we attract 'internet refugees', sometimes a dozen or more. Again it's a pleasure, we have the space and more often than not we benefit from the goodwill and ideas exchange that happens. In fact we sere featured on the national ABC News Program 7.30 report recently. Here it is, quiet amusing really, underlining a few issues with the national broadband infrastructure.

 ABC 730 report

All of this fun and games doesn't mean much if the connection was not reliable. It is fortunately, as a result it's become more than a business resource, it's become a utility, an advantage and something I wish all of my fellow businesses will be blessed with in the not so distant future.

A very merry Christmas period, may you be blessed with ever faster and more reliable internet.

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