Pro Computers director Tim Fitchen said the biggest winners from the NBN rollout in the region would be business owners, especially those with remote workers.
Pro Computers director Tim Fitchen said the biggest winners from the NBN rollout in the region would be business owners, especially those with remote workers. Sharyn O'Neill

Rocky's first in line for NBN

FOR Rockhampton's Pro Computers and its clients, the internet infrastructure has been limiting business.

So the announcement yesterday that Rockhampton had been selected for the first stage of the National Broadband Network scheme, providing access to high-speed internet by the end of 2015, was news that staff were hoping for.

IT store director Tim Fitchen said the NBN rollout would help businesses speed their production and help their clientele base.

"I am a very happy man," Tim said yesterday. "And I am sure a lot of businesses will be happy as well."

He said at this time, businesses, his included, had to be careful about how much internet they used.

"We have to be very conscious of how many clients we have using our server because the speed it's at now isn't fast enough for businesses to work efficiently," Tim said.

He said the NBN meant they would be able to grow their client base.

"This not only helps our business but the clients will also be getting a faster system as well."

Tim said it would be the small- to medium-sized businesses, especially those who had staff working in remote locations, and those wanting to access voice-over systems, who would benefit the most. It would also mean business operators would be able to embrace new technology even more.

"It will make things so much smoother, so much faster, and open up a whole lot more opportunities."

While the price to access NBN will be higher, Tim said the costs were affordable for the services received.

He suggested both home and business owners should get advice from professionals, to ensure they received the service and equipment needed.

"Before it has seemed so far away, but with an announcement that solidifies when it is happening, it will encourage more thought."

"I think it will mean busy times ahead."



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