However, Penno said the NBN will only be useful for healthcare with the right apps running on top of it. "Ultimately, the pipes and the plumbing are only one part of the mix. The things that we do with that are what really matter."
Allocate Software general manager of ANZ, Peter Croft, said the NBN will help reduce costs in rural, remote areas to the same level as metro areas. Allocate provides a cloud version of its health IT software that is cheaper to install than the on-premise version, but low broadband speeds prevent rural customers from buying it, he said.
Forsythe said he hopes satellite broadband provided by the NBN for the most remote areas will be an improvement over existing non-NBN satellite services.
"The delay on that can be seven to 10 seconds ... and constantly dropping out," he said. "Satellite right now for video is not good. We don't recommend it at all."
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