Australia to soon become world’s most tech-connected continent
A recent research conducted by the Western Sydney University has revealed that Australia is soon going to be the most connected continent following the completion of the nbn™ network rollout in 2020. It is predicted that technologies such as 3D printers, drones, virtual & augmented reality and home automation will become deeply entrenched in Australia’s workplaces as well as homes by 2020.
“Our vision is to build a world-class broadband network that ensures greater connectivity for all Australians” said Bill Morrow, CEO of nbn.
“By 2020, every home and business will have access to the nbn™ network, creating a new way of living as the nation begins to benefit from ubiquitous access to fast broadband. Greater connectivity creates greater digital demand, and once we have the infrastructure in place to meet this demand we will see significant economic and social impacts across the country”, added Bill Morrow.
Mr Bill Morrow is highly confident that once the nbn rollout is completed in 2020, Australians will find themselves benefiting in numerous ways. They will have much better access to education as well as better access to healthcare. According to him, Australians will also get to see a difference in the way entertainment is distributed to their homes.
It is predicted that there will be more than 50 billion apps or devices connecting everything from our home security systems to our fridge door by 2025-2030.
Also, there will be rapid growth in medical innovations. It is expected that by 2020, telehealth services, enabled by the nbn network will be able to connect even remote areas with access to convenient GP and specialist healthcare appointments, saving up to $3 billion in annual health costs. By the year 2025, it may be possible to use big data in order to predict widespread disease outbreaks.
Access to fast broadband in regional towns as well as rapid adoption of teleworking is leading Australians to migrate to regional hotspots. By 2030, Australians across the country can run their home grown start ups successfully while still enjoying their country lifestyles with the help of nbn network. Currently 400,00 Australians workforce work from home; however, these figures are expected to double by the year 2025.
Connectivity is driving innovation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) disciplines spurring a transformation of the job market in Australia. It is expected that health, education and technical services will employ over 4.3 million Australians by 2030, up from the current 3.5 million jobs. Also, we will get to see a dramatic increase in educational resources as well as services offering better teaching facilities in order to upskill our nation in key areas such as health & technical services, to harness careers in coding, data science and bio-chemistry.
According to Lead Researcher Liam Magee, “In the twenty-first century, connectivity has become a new kind of capital, more valuable than natural resources and industrial manufacturing, as digital services driven by access to the nbn™ network are predicted to boost Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by around 2 per cent every year by 2020.”