NBN on major telework push as it gets Microsoft, Blackberry and Intel to go mobile.
National Broadband Network is looking to sell its benefits by signing up 61 new telework partners, including big names like RIM – makers of BlackBerry – Westpac, IBM and Microsoft promote teleworking for their Australia enterprises.
This means the big names will let staff work remotely at home or mobile on flexible arrangements using high speed fibre NBN services and other VOIP and video conferencing technology.
The latest partner additions are relective of the “strong” employer interest in teleworking, according to Department of Communications statement.
“Work is what you do, not where you do it,” declared the Minister for Broadband, Senator Stephen Conroy, who says his $36 bn National Broadband Network pet project will help make this happen.
Other companies signing on for teleworking include iiNet, Telstra and Cisco, NBN Co (of course) as well as some public sector bodies.
This latest sign on brings the total number of NBN ‘National Telework Partners’ to 76, adding to the 15 announced in January, last.
“Investment in fast, affordable broadband through the National Broadband Network should see telework increase across the country,” Senator Conroy predicts.
“The NBN allows employees to work in high-definition interactive environments from wherever they are, be it at home or elsewhere.”
And teleworking will kick start workplace productivity and also cut commutes to the office.
“This will make a big difference to people’s work-life balance,” Conroy added.
Microsoft says it has reduced its office space needs by 25%, with other Telework Partners reporting similar results.
Microsoft Australia, MD, says: company “employees to wake up every morning and know that they can achieve their best because they have the flexibility to work in a style, location, and time that best suits them.”
“I want them to be supported by the technology that brings that to life,” Pip Marlow, Microsoft MD added.
To spread the word, the Government is going on a teleworking roadshow of Austalia heading to Adelaide, Perth, and Mandurah in June; Melbourne, Bendigo, and Mt Gambier in July; Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Canberra in August; and Sydney and Newcastle in September, for a series of seminars.
National Telework Week takes – place 12-16 November 2012 next.
Here’s the full list of National Telework partners:
1. AccomCorp Pty Ltd/Australian Escapes
2. Active Billing
4. Aegis Global
5. Alcatel-Lucent Australia
6. Australian Human Resources Institute
7. Australian Industry Group (AIG)
8. Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
9. Australian Institute of Management NSW/ACT
10. Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association
11. Australian SME Alliance
12. Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
13. Being There Video Conferencing
14. Broadband Today Alliance
15. Canon Australia
16. Centre for e-Commerce & Communications, University of Ballarat
17. Centre for Work and Life, University of South Australia
20. City of Greater Geraldton
21. Coffs Harbour City Council
22. Commonwealth Bank of Australia
23. Consult Australia
24. Corporate Windows
25. Department Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, SA
26. Diamond IT
27. Enviro Survival SE Queensland
28. Fifth Quadrant
29. Global Property Trust
30. Gold Coast City Council
31. Green Building Council of Australia
32. Green-IT Partners
37. Infrastructure Australia
38. Innov8 Central
39. Institute for Broadband Enabled Society
41. Local Government Managers Association, Australia
42. Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils
43. Medibank Private
45. National ICT Australia
46. NBN Co.
47. NSW Roads & Maritime Services
48. Oak Telecom
49. Physical Disability Australia
50. Planning Institute of Australia
52. Prospect City Council
53. RDA ACT
54. RDA Barossa
55. RDA Brisbane
56. RDA Central Coast
57. RDA Far North South Australia
58. RDA Ipswich and West Moreton
59. RDA Local and Redlands Inc
60. RDA Mid West Gascoyne
61. RDA South West (WA)
62. RDA Southern Inland (Qld)
63. RDA Sunshine Coast
64. RDA Sydney
65. RDA Wheatbelt (WA)
66. RIM – BlackBerry
67. Salisbury City Council
71. Transport and Tourism Forum
73. Western Sydney Region Organisation of Councils
75. Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney