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Aussie Broadband fibre network goes live in Metropolitan Melbourne

Media Release | Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 | 1 min read

Two workers pull on fibre cable on footpath

Aussie Broadband has connected its first customer to the company’s privately-owned dark fibre network.

General Manager of Sales, Aaron O’Keeffe said that Stage one, which comprises a 20km fibre loop around the Melbourne CBD and Port Melbourne, is now ready for business.

“Today is a huge milestone for Aussie Broadband. We’re very excited to announce that a large part of our Melbourne central roll out is now complete and available to businesses right now,” he said.

“We’re so delighted to offer customers speeds up to ten gigabit per second (10 Gbps)* – not many telcos are currently providing this.”

AI English in Southbank, Melbourne, was the first business to connect to the new network. Marketing Manager Andrew Raphael said the company was delighted.

“We’re very happy to be the first customer to get connected to Aussie Broadband’s new fibre network. We wanted high-speed internet and something that has the option to be scalable in the future,” Andrew said.

“Aussie Broadband’s prices are very cost effective and it’s also an Australian-based company. So we’ve signed up for the 2 Gbps plan, but we have the potential to go to 10 Gbps if we want to.”

Aaron said the Aussie Broadband team was pleased to see things progress so quickly, even despite the lockdown in Melbourne.

“Naturally, we expected a few delays with some businesses currently closed in Melbourne’s CBD due to the pandemic,” Aaron said, “But thankfully, it didn’t have any significant impact on our progress.

“Optic fibre is the fastest medium and the ideal choice when it comes to powering Cloud services, IP phone systems, CRM software, business email, voice, video and any other end-user business internet services.

“Ultimately, our plan is to build fully diverse routes to over 75 NBN points of interconnect and 24 key data centres across Australia,” Aaron said.

More information about Aussie Broadband’s fibre network can be found here.

*Actual throughput speeds may vary due to hardware or other equipment not operated by Aussie Broadband.

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 is an Australian operated telecommunications company that was formed in 2008 and is based in Morwell Victoria, Australia.

The company's main focus is nbn® (NBN) subscription plans and bundles to residential homes, small businesses, not-for-profits, corporate/enterprise and managed service providers.

As a licensed carrier, the company provides these services through a wholesale agreement with NBN Co, a mix of leased backhaul infrastructure from third parties and its own network equipment.

The company also offers a range of other telecommunications services including VoIP, mobile plans and handsets, entertainment bundles through its partnership with Fetch TV and connections through its own fibre, the OptiComm network and its white label platform.

With its acquisition of Over the Wire, the company is also a Tier 1 voice provider, and offers a range of tailored cloud, connect and collaborate solutions to business, government and enterprise customers.

Along with being a proud member of the Pledge 1% Movement, Small Change Big Change and more, Aussie Broadband is a certified B Corporation and the largest telco in Australia to hold accreditation.

Aussie Broadband has remained Australia's Most Trusted Brand in Telecommunications since December 2020 and was more recently named Australia's Most Trusted Telco for the second year in a row at the Roy Morgan Trusted Brand Awards for 2023.