Dig­i­tal de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer to help busi­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Liam But­ter­worth

TOWNSVILLE busi­nesses have a prime op­por­tu­nity to use the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work to take their prod­uct to the world, the city’s new dig­i­tal busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer says.

Web and IT spe­cial­ist John Wil­liams will as­sume the role of dig­i­tal busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer to help busi­nesses make the most of the high-speed in­ter­net, which will be rolled out in Townsville later this year.

Queens­land trea­surer Andrew Fraser, pic­tured right, will for­mally an­nounce Mr Wil­liams’ ap­point­ment to­day and said the Townsville man would work with lo­cal busi­nesses, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions and NBN Co. to max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­gion.

Over the next fort­night, Mr Wil­liams will look to find ways to help in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses use the in­ter­net to in­crease their mar­ket.

‘‘ Once the NBN rolls out there, they’ll have ac­cess to in­ter­net ser­vices that are a lot faster,’’ Mr Wil­liams said.

‘‘ They can start pro­vid­ing more in­for­ma­tion to their cus­tomers ( and) can in­ter­act with their sup­pli­ers a lot faster and eas­ier.

‘‘ The op­por­tu­nity is here to recog­nise that spe­cial­ists have a much larger mar­ket avail­able to them now.’’

Townsville is one of five pilot sites across Aus­tralia with res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the sub­urbs of Mund­ing burra and Aitken­vale (bound by Ross River Rd, China St and Nathan St), able to get first ac­cess to the high-speed in­ter­net.

More than 3100 premises are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the NBN in­fra­struc­ture in the roll out, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted in the next few months.

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