As the troubled NBN project continues to roll out, other companies are stepping up to fill the need for customers who want faster connections or don't want to wait for the NBN to arrive in their suburb. One of those companies is Uniti Wireless - and it's coming to most major cities in Australia.
At the end of 2016, we published a complete list of the Australian suburbs that were getting their internet upgraded to the NBN in 2017. Fast forward to 2018 and the rollout plan has changed significantly. Read on to find out when your area will be getting connected.
The company has received a $5m grant from South Australia’s Future Jobs Fund that it'll use to drive employment opportunities in the company across engineering, software development, customer support, sales and marketing as the company looks to double its workforce and accelerate national growth.
Uniti Wireless offers wireless broadband services in Melbourne and Adelaide with plans to expand its network into metropolitan Perth, Sydney and Brisbane before the end of the year. The company has been around since 2014 and offers 25Mbps, 50Mbos and 100Mbps plans starting at $29.95 per month although monthly charges increase if you go month-to-month rather than locking into a longer-term contract. They also offer business plans with static IP addresses. Upload speeds run at up to 40Mbps depending on the plan you choose.
Coverage is fairly limited at this stage as they only cover a limited number of addresses. Uniti operates independently to the NBN and the ADSL service providers, calling their solution ‘fibre through the air’. It uses a mix of fixed wireless technology and fibre backhaul to deliver its service.
With the NBN market getting more competitive, as new RSPs like Kogan and well known companies like Vodafone cut prices (although what the Vodafone merger with TPG means still remains to be seen) it's good to see an alternative that will help keep the NBN honest.
While the NBN will operate as a regulated monopoly infrastructure provider, operators like Uniti Wireless will help ensure it faces some competition. That should mean prices don't rise once the NBN becomes independent of the government.