The countdown is on for Ulladulla and Batemans Bay homes and businesses
Homes and businesses in parts of the Ulladulla and Batemans Bay are set to complete the transition to the nbn™ access network, as part of the nationwide upgrade to Australian telecommunications.
From 22 February most existing landline phone and internet services in Ulladulla will be replaced by services over the nbn™ access network. From 8 March, most existing landline phone and internet services in Batemans Bay will be progressively replaced by services over the nbn™ network.
More than 14,750 homes and businesses in the area have been able to place an order for services over the nbn™ access network for around 18 months, however, connecting is not automatic.
Those that are yet to switch are encouraged to contact their preferred phone and internet service provider to place an order as soon as possible to continue using their landline phone and internet services.
The majority of critical business services and devices that operate on existing landline phone and internet services will need to be migrated to the ™ access network so it’s important for businesses to plan ahead and make the switch early to minimise disruption to their operations.
Residents and business owners should talk to their preferred phone and internet provider about a plan that meets their specific speed and data usage needs, as well as any special equipment operating on their current landline connection including EFTPOS terminals, and medical and security alarms.
Head of nbn local New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Amber Dornbusch said:
“While many homes and businesses in Batemans Bay have already made the switch to a service over the nbn™ access network, this is the final stage of the transition to the nbn™ access network and brings the community closer to fully embracing the benefits of fast broadband.
“Research conducted by data analytics and economics firm AlphaBeta, and commissioned by NBN Co, is showing that access to fast broadband is spurring growth in new businesses across New South Wales, and is projected to help contribute to the creation of up to 24,850 additional businesses by 2021.
“The rollout is also expected to help create a nation of flexible workers projecting there could be up to 47,300 additional people nationwide using the network to work from home in 2021.
“If you’re not yet connected to a service over the nbn™ access network, you’ll need to contact your preferred phone and internet provider to place an order.
“If you have any special equipment that operates on your current landline, it’s important you talk with your phone and internet service provider to get the right support when moving across. You should also visit the NBN Co website to register devices such as medical alarms and lift phones, and find out more about business devices and services.”
“It’s particularly important for anyone with a medical alarm, auto-dialler or emergency call button to register these devices on NBN Co’s Medical Alarm. Some devices may not be compatible with the nbn™ access network so if you or a loved one has a medical device, speak to the device provider and your phone and internet provider as soon as possible to seek further guidance.”
Nan Bosler, President - Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, said:
“Many older Australians are not aware the rollout of the nbn™ access network will impact their unmonitored medical alarms. There are easy step-by-step directions on the nbn website that will enable you to register for additional support in order to ensure a smooth migration to the network.”
With more than 4.7 million Australian homes and businesses now connected to services over the nbn™ access network, NBN Co is on track to complete the network build in 2020.
Services over the nbn™ access network are scheduled to progressively replace existing landline phone and internet services in parts of the following areas: March 2019 Batemans Bay, Long Beach, Maloneys Beach, North Batemans Bay, Surfside,Catalina - Estimated Number of Remaining Premises 3150 April 2019 Denhams Beach, Sunshine Bay, Surf Beach Estimated Number of Remaining Premises 1320
Visit NBN Co’s website to find out more about making the switch. To register a medical alarm, auto-dialler or emergency call button on NBN Co’s Medical Alarm Register call 1800 227 300 or visit www.nbn.com.au/medicalregister