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nbn™ network proving vital to jobs and business in regional areas

27 October 2016

Regional Australians with access to services over the nbn are twice as likely as their counterparts who are not yet connected to use the internet to sell products and services or source business opportunities, a major study has revealed.

Data released today from the nbn™ Broadband Index shows that nine per cent of nbn-connected internet users in regional areas are using services over the network to sell products and services, or to source business opportunities. This compares to four per cent of regional Australians who are not yet connected to the nbn.

The gap is not quite as wide in metropolitan areas, where seven per cent of nbn-connected internet users are selling or sourcing business opportunities online, compared to four per cent of internet users who are not yet connected to the nbn.

The index also shows that regional internet users with services over the nbn™ network are more likely than those not yet connected to say that the internet is vital to their job or business.

nbn™ spokesperson Michael Moore said:

“When it comes to work and business, the index shows that the nbn network is helping to bridge the digital divide between metro and regional Australia.

“Almost 30 per cent of nbn-connected internet users in both metro and regional areas say the internet is vital to their job or business – significantly higher than the results for areas yet to be connected.”

The nbn Broadband Index was undertaken on behalf of nbn – the company building Australia’s fast broadband network – by an independent research agency in June 2016. It surveyed 10,348 Australians across metropolitan, regional and remote areas.

Results released previously showed that in addition to the internet being crucial for work-related functions, people in regional areas also used it far more to connect with their community and to shop than consumers in metropolitan areas.

While nbn-connected and those yet to be connected internet users spent similar time online two years ago, the gap has widened over the past two years with nbn consumers spending more time on the internet than ever before.

Notes to editors

About nbn:

  • nbn is building a new and upgraded, fast wholesale broadband network to enable communities across Australia to access fast broadband from their retail service provider. Our goal is to connect eight million homes and businesses by 2020.
  • Fast broadband such as that delivered via the nbn™ network can provide a range of benefits for Australians such as opportunities to work from home, access to online education tools and options for on-demand entertainment.
  • For more information, visit
  • End-user experience, including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn™ network, depends on the technology over which services are delivered to your premises and some factors outside our control such as equipment quality, software, broadband plans, signal reception and how the end-user’s service provider designs its network. Access to your work network will depend on factors outside our control, such as your organisation’s IT policy and infrastructure.


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