How SMEs are fighting the mess of Australia’s telecommunications networks in regional areas
Australia’s telecommunications networks are “a mess” of moving parts that is frustrating businesses communities in regional areas by stifling their plans for expansion.
This week the ACCC called for submissions from the general public about a potential national roaming mobile service to allow mobile providers to give customers access to reception where their own networks can’t provide it. The commission also announced a broader market study into the communications sector to look at Australians’ priorities for mobile use, data and the National Broadband Network (NBN).
These are key issues for SMEs in rural and regional Australia, who continue to be plagued by disconnection, mobile reception black spots and dial-up-only internet. Several small business owners have told SmartCompany that while they have digital strategies that sit at the forefront of their industries, telecommunications infrastructure is stopping their plans for growth.