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Launceston becomes Gigabit City
Launceston Internet provider Launtel is offering local businesses Blue Ocean Gigabit connections through NBN’s fibre network that are 10 times faster than the present maximum speed.
The Gigabit connections are 100 times faster than the national average and make Launceston an ideal site for data-involved businesses.
Since launching its services, Launtel has recruited 15 corporate clients in the city.
Launtel’s founder and CEO, Damian Ivereigh, told Brand Tasmania in a video interview that the opportunities being created for local businesses that deal in large data files were "extraordinary".
Launceston was an early test bed for the NBN rollout and has the benefit of fibre-optic cabling to premises that was subsequently dropped by the NBN to reduce costs.
This has given the city an asset that is rare in Australia and shared by only a few areas of Hobart and several smaller Tasmanian towns.
Add Blue Ocean Gigabit capability to the fibre infrastructure advantage and you have national leadership in Internet connectivity.
Mr Ivereigh said: “We need to grab this advantage; and Australia needs us to do it because we are one of the only places that can.”
He said there weren’t thousands of potential client businesses in the State, but there were enough to make Launtel a viable on-going business.
Mr Ivereigh is delighted with the take-up in Launceston and optimistic about a product launch scheduled for Hobart on 28 September.
He said: “Additional businesses in Launceston are showing serious interest and the Premier, Will Hodgman, has agreed to launch Launtel in Hobart, where local customers are lining up.”
The enhanced Internet service has enabled Launceston clients to secure national and international business with on-line customers from such far-flung places as Guatemala and The Bahamas.
NBN has asked Launtel for permission to use Brand Tasmania’s video Gigabit City to demonstrate the power and efficiency of the Launceston service.
Image by Robert Heazlewood
9 September 2017, Edition 187