With the NBN switchover already well and truly underway in parts of Australia, it’s important to be prepared for what’s to come. As a small business owner, you will have to be ready for this major upgrade if you want to continue to use your phone and internet service without interruption.
The upgrade will affect more than just your desktop computer or laptop. If you’re not ready, you’ll also face disconnection from your fax, EFTPOS and security alarm system.
These are the NBN checklist steps for small business owners in Australia to make sure all their bases are covered for the NBN transition.
Stay informed ahead of the NBN rollout in your area
While the people running the NBN rollout are working on contacting homes and businesses by mail, it’s a good idea to plan ahead for yourself. Check the website to find out when the NBN is coming to your area and whether your business is included in the update. This will give you adequate time to get things in order.
Speak to your internet provider about what is involved with the NBN rollout
Not everyone will be forced to switch to the NBN as soon as it becomes available in their area – there is supposed to be an 18 month grace period that will give you time to make the switch. However, it is important to touch base with the company that supplies your phone service as early as you possibly can. Ask them when you will need to move to the NBN and find out exactly when you will be disconnected from your current internet service so that you don’t get caught out.
Talk to your landlord or register your building for the NBN
If you’re a tenant, it will be necessary to have a conversation with the owner of your business premises to make sure they are aware of the work that will need to be done. They will need to initially approve the location for any new equipment that has to be installed.
If you’re the owner of your workspace, the recommendation is that you register your building with NBN Co so that you can stay informed.
Shop around for the best NBN provider
You might find that the NBN switchover is the right time to change internet service providers. Shop around and get quotes on a variety of plans so that your business will continue to operate without hiccups or unnecessary expense.
Review your IT equipment prior to the NBN rollout
Some hardware might not be compatible with the new NBN technology. It’s important to call your IT provider to find out if it’s better to upgrade or subsequently, buy new, and enlist their help during the changeover period.
Find out the security risks of the NBN to your business
Most importantly, before the rollout of the NBN to your area, you will need to ascertain any possible risks to the security alarm system for your business. As these are often linked to the more antiquated copper phone system, there is a real threat that your alarms will be compromised.
Recruit the expertise of a specialist to walk you through your security today and show you where the risks lie in order that your property remains safe throughout the changeover.
Jim Wills is the CEO of Fort Knox Security, a specialist in NBN rollout protection for Home & Business Security Alarm Systems. For more information and a free risk assessment, visit http://www.fortknoxsecurity.com.au/nbn.