Toowoomba company adopts phone-free workplace
TOOWOOMBA company Dornbusch Partners is leading the charge to take advantage of the National Broadband Network "switch on".
From January 23, the business will become the city's first phone-free work environment.
The company's managing partner Andrew Wielandt said the new work environment was made possible only because of the impending NBN rollout in Toowoomba.
"The main reason we decided to go down this path was to embrace the NBN," Mr Wielandt said.
"The NBN will be a huge game changer for businesses.
"All Toowoomba businesses should really embrace the NBN and what it offers," he said.
Mr Wielandt said the new system currently being installed would allow his employees to make internet-based calls from their computers, laptops or mobile devices irrespective of where they were located.
"The NBN, with its speed, will revolutionise the way we conduct daily business," he said.
"Our clients will get a better service and more face-to-face time irrespective of where they live.
"With this system, our employees will virtually have a TV studio at their desk."
Mr Wielandt said the days of cumbersome wires connecting different devices were over.
"The NBN has been the enabler to allow this to happen," he said.
"All our calls, whether they are voice or video, will be made and received via the internet.
"From a business point of view it does require a significant investment and a large amount of planning.
"If businesses do not embrace the NBN, others will and you could get left behind."
For the past two months, contractors have been busy laying fibre optic cable throughout Toowoomba as they prepare to bring the NBN online by the end of the month.