NARACOORTE'S Andrew Dolan relies heavily on having high speed internet access to run his bull bar supply business Dolan Australia.
He is based 4.5km out of the town centre and knows all too well how hard it can be for people living on the outskirts of town to access the latest technology.
All that is about to change thanks to the rollout of the National Broadband Network.
Mr Dolan is the first local customer to set up the fixed wireless through NBN Co, with the help of Leading Edge Telecoms Naracoorte and Telstra.
His property will be connected by a local technician tomorrow and then it shouldn't take long until he can reap the benefits.
Dolan Australia operates out of an office out the back of the house and has two part-time employees.
The bull bar products used to be manufactured on-site; however, nowadays all dealings - from sourcing items to writing quotes to selling - are done online.
"All of our communication is done via our website, email and phone," Mr Dolan said.
"So I know how the system works. Our internet capability is really important...we've got to be quick. If the internet was slow we would lose sales.
"We have lots of computers set up...we're dragging and dropping things across the screens all day."
Mr Dolan's business embraced the world of online in the early 2000s and is currently with the service provider Telstra Bigpond.
At the moment he is reaching download speeds of 5.9 megabits per second and this could potentially increase by more than four or five times.
Telstra Country Wide area general manager for the south of SA Mark Bolton said just about everyone living and working in the coverage area could benefit.
"We have connected customers (to the NBN) in other areas of regional SA and the speeds have been quite impressive," he said.
"For businesses it can mean more efficiency and productivity.
"It's quite affordable and the performance is exceptional...you can do all the things you want to do in a household (or business) seamlessly."
Mr Bolton explained the many perks for farmers.
"Farming is the backbone of the Naracoorte community," he said.
"Having access to fast broadband can help farmers better source materials and supplies for their growing businesses.
"It also allows them the opportunity to video chat and interact a lot easier with customers.
"Fixed wireless on the NBN can provide the bandwidth needed to get households on-line using a growing range of devices.
"Another benefit of fixed wireless services for Naracoorte residents is that customers can bundle together a landline and broadband service to get a better deal.
"We strongly encourage customers in parts of Naracoorte to sign up for Telstra services on the NBN so they can start experiencing the benefits of next generation broadband."
At this stage the NBN is only available for the people in the Naracoorte area; however, building has commenced to benefit those living or working in Apsley, Lucindale and Kybyolite.
How does the NBN fixed wireless work?
NBN Co's fixed wireless network provides high-speed internet access to communities that are outside major towns and cities.
Fixed wireless uses 4G technology to deliver services to a fixed number of premises via an antenna on the outside of a home, which is connected by a cable to the NBN connection box within the home.
What to consider when choosing an NBN fixed wireless plan:
- Work out how much data you need: Most plans have data allowances that are measured in gigabytes. Make sure your monthly allowance meets your needs by reviewing your current usage and factoring in some headroom.
- Check your content and device options: The NBN opens up a world of on-demand content, such as BigPond Movies. If entertainment is important to you, check whether your provider offers a catalogue of movies available to rent or internet TV channels and whether that content is unmetered.
- Make sure you're supported: Check whether the services provider can support you in a way that suits you - be it face to face in a shop, in your home with the help of a skilled tech, over the phone, on email, or via social media.
- Look for value: Providers can often discount a package if you put together services like voice, broadband and entertainment, such as Telstra's communication and entertainer bundles.