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Aussie Broadband expands fibre network with OptiComm deal

Media Release | Friday 7 Aug 2020 | 1 min read

End of ethernet cable

Aussie Broadband has struck a deal with OptiComm to offer FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) services to its residential customers across Australia.

Managing Director Phillip Britt said the move will significantly help grow Aussie Broadband’s fibre footprint.

“We are looking forward to working with OptiComm to deliver FTTP services to existing and prospective residential customers. We believe this partnership will complement Aussie’s existing fibre network expansion across Australia,” Phil said.

OptiComm is the largest private competitor to the NBN Co (National Broadband Network) fibre cable network.

The company builds and operates fibre optic networks in mostly new or recently developed estates. So far, OptiComm has passed over 120,000 premises across Australia.

“So the good news is that Aussie Broadband will now be available to customers in an OptiComm active area. Over the next few weeks we’ll be contacting residents to let them know about our excellent products and Australian-based technical support,” Phil said.

“We’ll be offering the same unlimited plans across OptiComm and NBN. However, we won’t be offering our 100GB and 500GB plans on OptiComm at this stage,” he said.

Phil said the COVID pandemic has highlighted the importance of fast and reliable broadband.

“There’s no denying that customer usage has changed since lockdown. People have become used to using their data for more things and on more devices. So, we’re seeing a growing demand for high-speed internet connectivity amongst our customers,” he said.

In late May, Aussie started offering 1000/50 ‘ultra-fast’ NBN plans for its residential customers. So far, over 4,800 plans have been sold.

“We’re very excited to welcome a high-quality internet provider like Aussie Broadband to our growing network. We hope that residents will enjoy the benefits that the company has to offer including superfast connectivity and excellent customer service and technical support,” said Paul Cross, CEO of OptiComm.

“The demand for data has never been stronger, in fact, we’ve seen our downstream network utilisation settle at 10 per cent above its pre-COVID level, with its upward trend still continuing, particularly in Victoria.

“We’re proud to partner with an Australian-owned company that like us, is committed to bringing ultrafast broadband to as many people as we can, as quickly as possible.”

Aussie is also rolling out its own private fibre network around Melbourne’s CBD and Port Melbourne, with plans to extend out across Australia.

All information contained in this media release, including references to costs, speed, and capability of the Aussie Broadband network, was correct at time of publication, and may have since changed.

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About Aussie Broadband Limited

Aussie Broadband Group is a fast-growing technology services provider – comprising of the Aussie Broadband and Symbio businesses – with a market cap of around $1 billion (AUD).

Listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: ABB), the Group collectively supplies more than 1 million services, operates two Tier 1 voice providers in Australia and owns fibre infrastructure.

The fifth largest provider of broadband services in Australia with continuing growth in the residential segment, the Group provides a broad suite of solutions through its data, voice, and managed solutions to business, enterprise and government customers. Aussie Broadband Group also provides wholesale services to other telecommunications companies and managed service providers.

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