'nbn effect' hits South West

The nbn roll-out in the South West is on-track to be completed in September when Pemberton is switched on. Image supplied.
The nbn roll-out in the South West is on-track to be completed in September when Pemberton is switched on. Image supplied.

Research has shown access to the nbn has encouraged the creation of new businesses in the South West.

The data comes from the Connecting Australia report, the nation’s first social and economic study into the impact of the nbn access network, which was conducted by data analytics and economic firm AlphaBeta and commissioned by NBN Co.

The report stated up to 60 businesses were estimated to have been created in 2017, and it projected up to 1,660 additional businesses would be established by 2021. 

It also estimated the roll-out of the nbn access network contributed to an additional 30 people in the area working primarily from home in 2017.

WA head of nbn Rachael McIntyre said it was a big step in bridging the digital divide between metropolitan and regional areas.

“Our research shows this connectivity revolution is spurring rapid growth in the digital economy and regional businesses across the region,” she said.

“In part due to the arrival of fast broadband, the South West is better positioned to compete with its city counterparts.

”Access to fast internet and improved connectivity enabled by the nbn access network will allow regional Australia including the South West to access and utilise digital technologies to ensure greater efficiency, productivity, competitiveness and innovation.”

More than four million Australian homes and businesses are now connected to the nbn. 

The roll-out in the South West will be completed in September when Pemberton is switched on.