Organisations need to start factoring the nbn into their telecommunications planning or risk being unable to take full advantage of new capabilities as nbn Co ramps up business-grade service provision, according to business management consultant, UXC Consulting.
UXC Consulting Adelaide regional director, Mark Ochota, said many organisations putting together telecommunications roadmaps and strategies for the next five years are unsure what impact the nbn might have on their enterprise networks.
“While micro-businesses are relocating to suburbs that already have the nbn to take advantage of the bandwidth, the question remains: how relevant is it to larger businesses or government organisations with industrial-strength WANs?”Ochota said.
According to Ochota, the nbn is ramping up for business-grade service provision and that most of the existing telco services that large business and government networks rely on will be withdrawn, with the process completed in as little as three years in some areas.
“This means that organisations need to factor the nbn into infrastructure planning.Some businesses are trialling the nbn wireless service as a way to connect their regional offices directly into their corporate WANs. They are enjoying substantial increases in performance at a fraction of the cost they are used to paying.
“That said, the ability to establish direct connections between major centres is still a requirement so even organisations operating only in state capitals will find their networks will eventually be heavily reliant on nbn services,” he mentioned.
Ochota suggested businesses should contribute to the direction of nbn services as nbn Co is not getting enough input.
“Organisations should think about what the retirement of existing telco services will mean, and start engaging to have some influence. Organisations should also talk to their existing carriers regarding their stance and how they plan to deliver services as the nbn comes on line.
“This radical reshaping of the Australian telecommunications landscape makes it the ideal time to get independent advice on how to plan your enterprise communications and ICT infrastructure for the next five years, and beyond,” he added.