While city slickers enjoy a smorgasbord of broadband providers, fast internet links and easy access to the cloud, businesses in regional Australia are stuck in the slow lane.
This is the accepted truth about the state of Australia’s broadband, pre-NBN.
“For those who are not metro and have ADSL-based internet, going 100% cloud means slow performance and still considerably high risk in the productivity department,” BoxFreeIT reader Dan commented recently.
But is this true across the country?
Queensland cloud services company Rype has several customers in far-flung parts of the state using cloud-based programs such as Google Apps, Box, Vend and Xero.
Tony Chadwick, Rype’s strategic director, says he has found internet speeds are sometimes faster in regional Queensland because there are very few users.
“I find that there’s a lack of saturation (of the network) because there aren’t many people using it. I find it really fast,” Chadwick says. “Every time I go to Mackay or Townsville it’s faster than we get here in Brisbane.”
If you work in regional Australia, drop into the Cloud-Powered Businesses LinkedIn Group this morning to share your opinion. Can regional businesses use cloud programs?
Also if you’re located in a metropolitan area and have had trouble finding a reliable provider, please let us know.
The Cloud-Powered Businesses LinkedIn Group is for professionals discuss internet access to the cloud and cloud software in an open-to-all-comers, vendor-neutral forum. Join the Group and ask Rype’s Tony Chadwick this morning at 1030am EST for his tips on how to use the cloud in regional Australia.
Image credit: Geograph.org.uk