When nbnCo rolled out the National Broadband Network (NBN) to 4500 more businesses and homes in Wollongong and Corrimal in April 2015, it chose the office of leading Wollongong-based IT firm Intertnetrix for the announcement.
The region’s politicians including federal MPs Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones and Senator Concietta Fierravanti-Wells joined Wollongong Lord Mayor Cr Gordon Bradbery, the region’s business leaders, nbnCo Lead Corporate Affairs Manager Darren Rudd and other NBN representatives at a special function at the Internetrix head office in Wollongong to celebrate the occasion.
Speaking at the launch, Internetrix Managing Director Daniel Rowan said that the NBN connection had made an immediate and dramatic impact on the business. For example, he said his staff had been able to download data at 95 to 100 MB per second and upload data at 40 MB.
“It feels like Christmas around here at the moment,” Mr Rowan said.
Ms Bird, who is the Shadow Minister for Vocational Education, said it was “pertinent” that the nbnCo chose Internetrix, one of the city’s leaders in IT technologies, for the Wollongong launch. Senator Fierravanti-Wells, who is Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General and the Minister for Social Services, said the arrival of the NBN would mean a lot to the people of the region.
Internetrix staff demonstrated some useful applications of the NBN, including a skype conference with the Chief Operating officer of the company’s operation in China, Peter Pedersen.
The video of the launch can be seen here.
And when nbnCo decided to produce a case studio video promoting Wollongong as a great place for IT businesses to relocate, it again chose Internetrix.
Internetrix Director of Online Performance Michael David featured in the nbnCo’s video.
Mr David said the NBN had been a “Godsend”.
“The NBN is allowing us to deliver services not just into our region but across Australia and overseas,” he said. “I love Wollongong … and what I love as a business owner is that Wollongong is growing into an international city. That would not be possible without the NBN.”
You can see the nbnCo video here.