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Case study: Cumulus Visual Effects and Aussie Broadband

How high-speed internet over nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet is improving data transfer times for the film, television and visual effects industry.

Cumulus Visual Effects is a Byron Bay based professional visual effects (VFX) studio with a team of more than 20 VFX professionals working with some of the biggest names in film and television. 

The business requires a great deal of collaboration between teams. The ability to send and receive data in a timely manner is critical to productivity, along with working with external partners and sending large files on a daily basis.

Connectivity equity in regional areas

The vision of Cumulus Visual Effects was to build a working environment in an idyllic location that creatives would want to work and play in. This was to ensure they could attract industry-leading talent, and provide employees with a work-life balance that supported them doing their best work.

With regular data transfers in excess of a terabyte, upload speeds capped at 10Mbps were a huge hindrance to the team at Cumulus. So, they reached out to Aussie Broadband to find a solution over the nbn™ network that would help them to meet their exceptionally high data needs.

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“We were on an ADSL connection; people thought I was crazy, I’d have to schedule my completion date three days before the delivery date to be able to deliver the data.” 


William Gammon

Founder at Cumulus Visual Effects

The business nbn™ solution

business nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet enabled Cumulus to drastically improve their operations, by reducing the time it took to send and receive large project files, which vastly improved the collaboration process.*

For studios like Cumulus Visual Effects (VFX), the combination of increased demand and an improved capability to deliver has meant one thing – growth. This progression enhanced the business but furthered the attainment of a strong talent base while offering a healthy work-life balance. 

* nbn is very happy with Cumulus Visual Effects’ experience with the nbn™ network. Of course, end customer experiences may vary. An end customer’s experience, including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn™ network, depends on the nbn™ access network technology and configuration over which services are delivered to their premises, whether they are using the internet during the busy period, and some factors outside of nbn’s control (like their equipment quality, software, chosen broadband plan, signal reception, or how their provider designs its network).