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Hi, James Vickery here from I Know IT and thanks for watching our first episode of legal tech tips.
You know, we’ve been hearing about the NBN for years and though the political debate will probably continue for some time – the question is will the NBN be of any use to your law firm?
If you’ve ever twiddled your thumbs waiting for an email to download while you’re in a rush to get to court or to an appointment, or you’ve watched helplessly as the web page you are loading displays an error – then you definitely know how important high speed internet is to your business.
Most practices these days are limited to ADSL Internet which uses the somewhat dated(100 year old copper network and the rollout of the national broadband network has passed over 1 million homes at the time of this video.
But what about your firm?
A lot of businesses are limited by the fact that NBN isn’t available to their office just yet but few realise that there is in fact a vast fibre network all around the country already, rolled out by independent contractors as well as by Telstra, Optus and AAPT. In fact, many would be surprised to learn that although NBN is unavailable, that fibre is possible and could change the way you do business.
Let’s talk about how fibre or the NBN can change your practice.
Firstly, many firms have multiple locations or want to provide the flexibility for management and lawyers to work from a remote location. With high speed internet based on fibre the firm can operate from just about anywhere with the right systems in place. This level of flexibility can increase billable time, reduce commute times and provide a professional network for firms to expand on.
We are seeing many of our client firms wanting to engage with clients via video conferencing and having a strong internet link can mean high quality engagements with clients and business partners all over the country and all over the globe.
Many practices are also taking advantage of Cloud Computing where practice management tools are available to the firm from home or remote offices with the appropriate connectivity.
There are so many options available that we believe it is your competitive advantage to have the best possible tools – including internet – to run your practice.
So, where to from here?
If you need to know if NBN is available to your business there is a simple search that can be conducted on the NBN website that will tell you whether your business address is NBN capable. But if not, don’t worry there are also ways we can check for you if there is an alternative fibre service at your location. Simply give us a call at 1800 456 694 and we’ll conduct an obligation free search on your behalf to tell you what’s available to your busy practice.
We specialise in legal IT services and we look forward to hearing from you.