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Morgan Sette is a freelance photographer and videographer working across freelance, news and travel content. In addition to that, out of The Mill, she also runs and rents out, Upstairs Studio, a warehouse studio and desk spaces available to other photographers and creative industry professionals.

The Mill is an innovation precinct with a GigCity fast internet connection, so Morgan had the benefit of the service from the beginning. She says, “Ultra-fast internet is a major drawcard for people hoping to rent desks. Also, for my own work, I need a consistent and fast connection to be able to reliably send photos and videos to clients”.

Morgan uploads gigabytes worth of storage every day, which is undertaken at such a lightning speed she barely notices it happening. “The speed and reliability of GigCity means that as soon as I export out of Lightroom, I can email my client straight away with a Dropbox link, thereby fast tracking my entire process.”

During the pandemic, internet speed became even more important in all areas of her business and across the creative sector in general. Having the GigCity connection enabled her to continue working and as she says, “There was essentially no impact on her day to day activities, which was a massive point of difference to other industry professionals in the field.”

Upstairs Studio

Upstairs Studio

Due to the nature of her work, Morgan can work anywhere that has internet, even out of her car, and so she has noticed the difference between various connections and internet speeds and how a slower connection has an impact on her processes. The GigCity connection at The Mill offers more than ease of working and is a valuable business tool. She says, “The fact that I can achieve super-fast turnaround is a competitive edge.”

As with many creative professionals and businesses, work ebbs and flows depending on demand. Occasionally Morgan finds she doesn’t have the capacity for a project and therefore reaches out to her freelance network to share the load. Recently, she needed a music video edited, so hired a freelance editor in Melbourne. This necessitated uploading 600 gigabytes of RAW footage, which was achieved within two hours. She says, “It was super quick and would have been unachievable on other connections.”

Morgan is extremely happy with the benefits the GigCity fast internet and reliability affords her business and can confidently look to the future to plan even more efficiencies. “I would like to move all my storage to the cloud. To be able to live edit something via the cloud without having to download it first would be unreal”. 

GigCity is a Government of South Australia initiative delivering affordable, high-speed internet to innovation precincts across the state. Participating businesses experience gigabit speed broadband, enabling greater collaboration between colleagues and easy sharing with clients around the world.

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