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Our History

20 years and counting.

Aussie Broadband was born from the merger of two regional internet service providers in 2008, Wideband Networks and Westvic Broadband. Since then, we've grown to become one of Australia's leading telecommunications and technology providers.

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The aussie story: our kind of wild.

As we come up to 20 years, what better time than to look back on the journey we've had, from the people who made it possible.

Learn about how we got to where we are.

Our Milestones

A lot has happened.

It's been a long and winding road to get us to the Aussie Broadband you know today. Follow our journey towards becoming Australia's most trusted telco using the tabs below to learn about the many eras of Aussie Broadband.

Wideband Networks hosting a stall boasting ADSL, Wireless, VoIP, and Web Hosting services at the Gippsland Computer Expo in Morwell.

Wideband Networks hosting a stall boasting ADSL, Wireless, VoIP, and Web Hosting services at the Gippsland Computer Expo in Morwell.

2003

Formation of Westvic Broadband and Wideband Networks

Phillip Britt and John Reisinger founded Wideband Networks, while Westvic Broadband was founded by 5 businessmen, including current Board member, Patrick Greene.

2007

Over the Wire emerges

Over the Wire was established in Brisbane by Michael Omeros and Brent Paddon.

2008

Aussie Broadband is born

Wideband Networks and Westvic Broadband merged to form Aussie Broadband to provide a variety of internet services including ADSL, VoIP, and web hosting.

2009

nbn® announced by the Federal Government

The Federal Government released a statement announcing the formation of the National Broadband Network (NBN), a nation-wide plan to connect Australia to high-speed broadband.

Managing Director Phillip Britt and General Manager of Provisioning Leigh Markham at one of the first tower installations.

Managing Director Phillip Britt and General Manager of Provisioning Leigh Markham at one of the first tower installations.

2013

Aussie connects to its first NBN POI

Aussie Broadband connected to its first NBN Point of Interconnect (POI) in regional Victoria.

An Aussie Broadband van - kitted out with our original logo - advertising newly connected NBN services to the Cranbourne POI.

An Aussie Broadband van - kitted out with our original logo - advertising newly connected NBN services to the Cranbourne POI.

2014

First Aussie customer on the NBN

We connected our very first NBN customer, and established more direct connections to local NBN POIs in Gippsland.

The Over the Wire team celebrating their listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.

The Over the Wire team celebrating their listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.

2015

Over the Wire goes public

Over the Wire launched as ASX: OTW on the Australian Stock Exchange.

2016

Aussie rolls out its own NBN backhaul network

Aussie Broadband expanded its NBN product by implementing its very own backhaul network connecting to all of the NBN connection points; becoming the only telco provider outside of “the big four” to do so at the time.

2019

100,000 customers

Aussie Broadband hits a milestone of 100,000 customers and upgrades its network capacity to welcome up to an additional 400,000 more.

Managing Director Phil Britt and Chief Technology Officer John Reisinger ringing the bell to celebrate Aussie Broadband's debut on the ASX.

Managing Director Phil Britt and Chief Technology Officer John Reisinger ringing the bell to celebrate Aussie Broadband's debut on the ASX.

2020

ASX:ABB goes live

The company began trading under the ticker 'ABB' on the Australian Securities Exchange at 11am on 16 October 2020.

2021

400,000 customers

On 2 August 2021 we hit another milestone - over 400K customers - following rapid growth and diversification, and just under three years after hitting the 100K milestone.

Chief Growth Officer Aaron O'Keeffe welcoming the Aussie Broadband and formerly Over the Wire teams at our 2022 Annual Town Hall.

Chief Growth Officer Aaron O'Keeffe welcoming the Aussie Broadband and formerly Over the Wire teams at our 2022 Annual Town Hall.

2022

Over the Wire merger

Aussie Broadband joined forces with Over the Wire to offer a range of voice, data, and cloud services to a broader mix of customer segments.

Chief People & Reputation Officer Jane Betts welcoming visitors to our stall during Midsumma Festival in Melbourne.

Chief People & Reputation Officer Jane Betts welcoming visitors to our stall during Midsumma Festival in Melbourne.

2023

The Actual Aussie Way

In recognition that the business had grown beyond its roots in smaller customer segments, a new brand position - The Actual Aussie Way - was launched. The rebranding acknowledges expansion beyond simply selling internet services and reflects the company's growth to become a versatile telco and tech company.

We announced our B Corporation certification featuring some highlights from our community  outreach activities, employee programmes, and customer awards.

We announced our B Corporation certification featuring some highlights from our community outreach activities, employee programmes, and customer awards.

2023

B Corp Certification

In August 2023, Aussie Broadband became a certified B Corporation - becoming the largest telco in the country to achieve such accreditation.

2023

Celebrating 20 years

On 1 December 2023, Aussie Broadband celebrated its 20th anniversary since the formation of Westvic and Wideband Networks. Time flies when you're having fun!

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