Why the NBN is bad news for Small Businesses

Welcome to the future Australia! Thanks to the National Broadband Network (NBN), we’re finally getting a fibre optic cable internet service that will be faster and more reliable than the current network. But did you know that a hidden danger lurks behind this major upgrade for homes and businesses?

First, the good news about the NBN

The NBN is being rolled out across Australia between 2015 and 2021. Many areas have already experienced ‘the NBN switch’ with minimal problems.

Those on the new network have reported initial teething problems, however in general, claim that their internet is indeed faster, enabling them to work more efficiently.

Now for the bad news

We’re not going to beat about the bush; the NBN rollout brings a major security threat for your home or office. If you are not adequately prepared when the copper cable is cut in your area, you’ll lose internet and phone connectivity.

And guess what else relies on the copper cable? Security alarm systems!

That’s right… when the NBN comes to your area and you aren’t prepared, you run the risk of a total ‘technical blackout’. The cutting of the copper wires mean that most alarm systems won’t work, and they won’t be able to communicate with relevant authorities if they are triggered.

What all of this means is the NBN rollout requires some preparation in order to ward off the increased risk of break-ins. It will be up to you to ensure the continuity of your security; there will be no compensation from the government if you are negatively impacted.

The upshot is you only need to make a small investment to ensure you stay protected – but it may well be the best small investment you make this year. Prevention is definitely better than the cure!

Some more good news

But it’s not all doom and gloom. There are steps you can take to make sure your home or business is secure when the NBN gets rolled out.

Firstly, you can do some research to find out when the NBN change is happening in your area, so you’ll know how much time you have to prepare and take action.

The next step is to speak to a reputable security alarm company and get their advice on what you need to do to ensure your security is NBN-proof. They’ll be able to tell you whether you are at risk, and advise you on how to ensure your alarm monitoring isn’t compromised.

It is likely that the majority of your security equipment will not need replacing, with most systems only requiring the addition of a Wireless 3G interface to allow your alarm to communicate without any reliance from Copper Phone Lines or the NBN. This will ensure continued alarm continuity and protection against burglary.

Specialised security providers have experience and are qualified in preparing homes and businesses for the NBN changeover, to ensure your business, home and property stay protected 24/7.


Jim Wills is the founder and CEO of Fort Knox Security, a specialist in NBN rollout protection for Small Business Security Alarm Systems. For more information and a free risk assessment, visit http://www.fortknoxsecurity.com.au/nbn.