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Published On: Fri, Sep 28th, 2018

Why Is Australia Switching To NBN Providers?

It is no secret that internet in Australia has been lacklustre and mediocre for the past several decades, which is actually putting it lightly. As you probably know by now, by the year 2020, the whole country will have switched over to NBN internet and NBN providers. This is just the way it is and there is nothing that can be done about it. Now, some people are not too happy about this, but they should be, because the NBN revolution in Australia is happening for several great reasons. So, why is Australia switching exclusively to NBN Internet?

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1. Availability

For one, a lot of people in Australia live in the outback, in remote areas, and in very small towns. Yes, the views might be nice and pollution at a minimum, but this also brings some challenges along with it, specifically where internet is concerned. Before NBN internet started becoming a real thing, there were thousands of people in the outback that just could not get a good internet connection, an affordable connection, or really any connection at all.

Most providers simply were not prepared to build up their infrastructure to support small communities and super remote areas. However, NBN providers are changing the game by updating and increasing infrastructure to provide internet to these areas at fairly good costs. Even the areas which are not ready for cable connections can still get NBN providers who have satellites in the sky. The bottom line is that NBN internet will reach much further into the outback than any kind before it.

2. Speed

Although Australia is a developed country and part of the so-called Global North, its internet speeds where downright ghastly in comparison to other countries. Heck, there were even some developing and under-developed countries in the world which had faster internet speeds than Australia. Talk about sad.

Anyway, NBN providers are changing the game here as well, which is being done by providing users from one side of the country to the other with internet that won’t make you fall asleep as you wait for your website to load or for the movie to buffer. In other words, one reason why Australia is switching solely to the NBN system is due to faster internet speeds, something which everybody can definitely appreciate.

3. Cost

Ok, so the NBN system is a national plan and it is government regulated. Before this started becoming the norm, Australia did not have a huge selection of internet providers, which meant that there was not free market action going on, ultimately resulting in high prices for internet that just was not worth the cost.

Well, NBN providers are also changing the game here. There are lots of new providers emerging, as well as old ones making the necessary modifications to keep up with the times. This means that there is more free market competition between NBN providers, which in turn leads to lower costs. It’s all about capitalism, the free market, and keeping prices both low and fair for users who cannot afford to spend a fortune on the internet.

4. Jobs

Did you know that the new government mandated NBN internet system is creating a heck of a lot of jobs all over Australia? Yes, it is true. Just think about digging up all of the old cables, replacing them with new ones, all of the home infrastructure changes, creating and maintaining new tech, the government agencies and positions, and so much more.

In other words, the fact that Australia is overhauling its internet system is going to create a whole lot of jobs for people. It takes thousands of people to execute this plan and to maintain it, which at the end of the day leads to lower unemployment rates.

The Australian Switch To NBN

Sure, NBN providers are definitely going to be happy about this change. However, the fact of the matter remains the same. Some of the reasons why the country is switching to this type of internet include increased availability, faster speeds, lower costs, and the creation of jobs too. While some people are still not on board with the change, it is sure to bring the country great benefits, plus it’s compulsory anyway.

Author: Andrej Kovacevic

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