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Better internet to foster business innovation for Central Queensland

01 October 2020

Faster internet will enable Rockhampton business Gideon Town Planning to deliver more efficient and timely development advice to its client base spread throughout regional Queensland.

Gideon Town Planning General Manager Gideon Genade said improved capacity and coverage resulting from better internet service for the region would mean his company could maximise the use of its online platforms, including detailed mapping services.

“Increased uploading and downloading speeds will greatly benefit our clients and enable our business to grow because we will be able to work across multiple platforms concurrently, resulting in incredible efficiency,” Mr Genade said.

This improved connectivity will come to the region thanks to QCN Fibre.

QCN Fibre is a Queensland Government telecommunications company jointly owned by Powerlink Queensland and Energy Queensland, with a mission to improve regional connectivity through leveraging spare telecommunication capacity in government-owned fibre networks.

QCN Fibre Chief Executive Officer Derek Merdith said the state government owned about 10,000 kilometres of fibre-optic cabling which wasn’t being used to its capacity and that spare capacity was being made available to carry business and residential internet and data services at capacities of up to 100 gigabits per second.

“We’re enabling Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to offer their customers much better backhaul capacity and internet speeds, up to 10 times faster than existing offerings, at prices equivalent to those in the city,” Mr Merdith said.

Mr Genade added that improved internet was crucial for regional Queensland business growth because it would enable companies like his own to keep up with competitors in South East Queensland.

“To be on parity with our metropolitan counterparts means we can offer the same quality of service to our clients whilst also having access to the level of technology our competitors use.

“This will also foster business innovation by enabling regional enterprise to leverage available platforms and information,” he concluded.

Chief Information Officer for Rockhampton Regional Council, Drew Stevenson, who also oversees the organisation’s SmartHub entrepreneur facility said improved internet would mean central Queensland businesses could communicate just as effectively globally as those based in capital cities.

“These days fast, reliable, affordable and uncontended Internet service is essential for effective communication and ecommerce.

“Ensuring that Internet services are not impacted by geographic location means will also attract more businesses and families to regional areas,” Mr Stevenson concluded.