Hey Wollongong, You're Getting 1Gbps Internet

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It was part of a competition to give one town the fastest internet in the country - and Wollongong was crowned the winner.

Starting July, MyRepublic is offering 1Gbps, $129.99 per month plans for the coastal city.

"We have only been in market for three months but already have 10,000 customers who now experience the fastest speed currently available - up to 100 Mbps nominal access speed, depending on location," MyRepublic explains on its website. "In Singapore, over 90 per cent of our orders are now 1 Gigabit (Gbps). In New Zealand, we launched the 1Gbps just two months ago and already 40 per cent of all new orders are buying that product."

"We want Australians to have a true voice so we are calling out to the nation to sign our petition and register for our upcoming promotion that will bring Gigatown to one Australian community. If the government won't do it- then we will, just as we have done in New Zealand, Singapore and Indonesia."

The only other internet service provider to have a 1Gbps offering planned is Tassie-based Launtel, also launching its deal next month.

You can register your interest for MyRepublic's deal here.


Comments

    Launceston TAS had gigabit turned on last week by a local provider called Launtel

      its dumbfounding that my city has it

    unlimited data + gigabit speeds, recipe for disaster. I cant see them possibly being able to afford enough cvc. All it will take is a few people who want to download the internet to ruin everyones day

    Aha, I see. So in Australia, you have to win competitions to get reasonable internet speeds. Yep, well played.

      I don't think 1Gbps would be classed as reasonable. The entire office I work in runs off a 100mbps link, with staff of 30-40 people, so a residential service at 1Gbps is ridiculous.

        Why? That's not really a stable comparison point. Just because something can run off slower internet doesn't mean it should. If the human race can progress technologically to provide something better that will aid it in the tranferance of information, then it's really only win win. 1gps internet should be established wherever it can be and grow from there. The idea '100mb or 25mp is good enough' is an ideal that belongs back in the dark ages of the internet. But to clarify, although your office *manages* to run off that, if it had the option to excel to 1gps, allowing 4k video conferencing, allowing bufferless video at that range, allowing instantaneous connections etc, I guarantee you, you wouldn't pass it up.

        Last edited 03/06/17 11:50 am

          Didn't you hear, we wouldn't even use super fast internet even if it was free!!

          I thought it was crazy too, but a few luddites at work have also told me that nobody needs Internet that fast, all you need is the 5 gig from your phone plan.

          Now I'm sure you might have some examples, but as I've been informed.......NAAAAH

            I was going to try and say something witty, but all I want to do is punch your colleagues in the face.

            *buffering*
            *buffering*
            *buffering*
            *buffering*
            *reticulating splines*
            *connecting string and tin cups*
            *sending carrier pidgeon*
            *2800k baud dial tone*
            *SCREEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOO EEEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOOOO*

            Ok we're connec *DISCONNECTED*

            *Reconnected*...ted and we're good to g...*DISCONNECTED*

            *RECONNECTED*...o!

            I mean surely we remember the good old dialup days! Why progress at all!

            And I wanna kick your coworkers in the nuts...

            inform your workmates that I regularly use 100GB a month

              I've done 600 on a 100mb link. We also do 4k video conferencing quite often. Usually the other end is not sending back 4k :(
              As long as you have decent QoS in place you can do pretty amazing things with 100mb.

          ITT people who have no idea of the logistical or financial requirements in giving every house in Australia FTTP.

          Also, who needs or wants 4k video conferencing? If that is the best you have, then you can understand why people say 100Mbps is enough.

            This arguments already been shot to hell and is based onno solid evidence. The internet is a requirement in the modern world, its the number one form of communication and requires infrastructure. Infrastructure requires investment. If we go into how fttn and the new fttc has shot the costs through the roof beyond initial projections we will be here all week.

            As far as "who needs 4k", this is a lame counter argument. Yeas ago when 640x480 was standard or even 800x600 resolution, Then 1920x1080 hit and they looked *shit* on higher end now standard hardware. 4k and even 8k are being adopted At decent rates with handheld devices exceeding basic monitor resolutions these days, the simple fact is tech is moving on. As tech moves on the need for bandwidth to send and receive increases. I heard the exact same arguments with dsl2 and even cable, "why do we need 10mbps cable!" When optus first brought it out late 90s.

            Be stuck in the past by all means, but that sort of mentality is what leaves Australia as one of the most technologically underdeveloped countries in the world. Something we should be ashamed of rather than toeing the bullshit party line of "but it'll cost to put it in line!" Infrastructure ALWAYS costs to establish. Always. Always has and always will. To believe otherwise is delusional.

          Actually, the office might pass. Given that 4K netflix only requires 25Mbps, group video calls with 7+ people on Skype requires 8Mbps (according to their site) 1Gbps would still be massive overkill and completely unnecessary for us, even with 30-40 staff... Hell, double that in the next 5 years and it would still be massive overkill... Now, if we were to say multiple 100Mbps links for redundancy, or multiple links so there's several for internet and 2-3 for different phone services/offsite DR etc, totalling 1Gbps, that's different. A single 1Gbps link would be ridiculous, even for our office.

          Now scale that back to a residential setting, where you've got two parents, and, lets say 4 kids. Even if everyone is simultaneously watching 4K Netflix, that's roughly 150Mbps you're using, so even something like the symmetrical 400Mbps Vocus fibre connections in the CBD would be OTT for residential, let alone 1Gbps. One residential situation I can think of is something like a "streamer house" with multiple (i've heard of houses with 5-10 in one house) Youtube/Twitch streamers all needing shitloads of upload to broadcast in 1080p60 or higher, that's a situation where huge connections would be useful.

          While I agree that future proofing by adding fibre everywhere possible is absolutely the best way to do things at this stage in the game, 1Gbps is nuts (unless you're attempting to run your own neighbourhood ISP...)

          Last edited 05/06/17 9:22 am

    And theres me over here with my new superfast NBN which promised up to 100mbps who is lucky to get 10mbps and is super unreliable...

      How the hell can we get a reliable service if the people offering them don't actually want to sell one?!

      Hopefully this sudden influx of small competitors keeps shaking things up instead of becoming the early 2000's again.

      Im on NBN with telstra and have yet to notice any increase from my 7.6 mbps i had before. Its been 4 weeks and they said it should speed up after a month, like its fucking warming up or something.

    I'll just sit here in my "coming late 2018" house and continue to enjoy my semi-stable ADSL2 then ...

      Well, well, look at you with your fancy ADSL2+, meanwhile I get to enjoy the benefits of ADSL1 until "early 2019".
      Such joy.

        Wellity, wellity! Look at you with your ADSL1, while I'm here with my OneTel dial up waiting for the future. PS: I write to you from 1996. LIMP BIZKIT RULZ!

    even tho the NBN has issues... My Republic seem to the be the only ones gunning for it.

    so much so i transferred to them.... 60 bucks for exactly the same service as iinet or telstra (minus the TV set top box) ($120)

    yeah it slows down because the backbones and CVC im expecting that to get resolved with everyone else over the next 4 years

      Yeah. Even when it's running "slowly" like at 20-40 Mbps it's still cheaper than say iiNet for those speeds

        the whole South West goes thru katanning (approx 100k people) POI

        it slows right down to 4Mbit at peak peak times, they are only doing minor upgrades instead of one large one

        its getting better tho

      Skymesh are pushing it pretty hard as well - they don't have 1Gb plans but they do offer 100/100, 200/100 and 200/200 plans.

      Baby steps. I guess.

      They are super shitty in my opinion.

      I could get 90 something during the middle of the day, lucky to be hitting 3 in the evening. I rang up 1 month into my contract to cancel and the guy looked at my details and immediately offered to put in a dispute for my 'breaking contract fee'.

      I rang up twice about speeds. The first time he said "wait until after the weekend, we are putting in upgrades". Peak speed increased from 0.1-3 to 3-5. Second time the guy said there was congestion and something about optus and they were trying to resolve it.
      Talked to someone else who had the same experience a few months earlier. Wish I heard sooner.

      Went to Internode and chose the 25/5 plan and haven't seen it drop below 22. I'll take that over 100 sometimes any day.

        it doesnt matter what ISP even if you go with different one you are 90% certain to get the same speeds as the CVC that is actually at the POI or the backbone is a low band

          I must be in the 10%.

          Speeds were not too bad, then went to MyRepublic to save a buck. They were as shitty as anything I had ever seen. Switched to the 3rd one and they are rock solid.

            wait two weeks or a month for the shaping to start happening :)

            it doesn't happen overnight,,, but it will happen

    [Meanwhile in Canberra]

    Turnbull: "How could I let this happen?"

    Assistant: "Allow a private business to install its own gigabit infrastructure?"

    Turnbull: "No, letting a private business show me how it's done!"

    [Meanwhile on the Labor side of the building]

    Shorten: "Say that again?!"

    Assitant: "A private company called MyRepubic is now offering gigabit Internet in Woollongong. If your party is voted back in, how will you take this competition?"

    Shorten: "......"

    [Shorten jumps out the window and runs into the street screaming.]

    Assistant: "Darn it! I was gonna flee that way!"

    -----

    Let's face it; MyRepulic is pulling off better what the majors promised and I'm certain they are sweating bullets now that both have been shown up.

      Except the Libs believe in the idea of business doing the governments job... so, this really is the perfect result for Tunbull et al.

        any gov just protects the establishment.... there is little to no hope for a everyday person

        big ups banderdash

      I think the bigger issue from their perspective is reestablishimg the NBN as a true national provider and operator of infrastructure, back to what it was meant to be after being dismantled in the name of protecting private rent seekers by the abbot and Turnbull governments.

      Last edited 04/06/17 10:53 am

      Let's see if they actually purchase enough capacity for people to run it during peak times.

    As someone who was a customer of theirs up until about a month ago I feel what they are trying to achieve is really great. They're trying to give customers what they want. What they aren't doing properly however is infrastructure and backhaul. Unfortunately having to rely on Optus for your infrastructure and backhaul if their first mistake. They share the same backhaul with their retail sector rather than having separate backhaul types for wholesale and retail customers. This then suffers the oversubscribing customers to areas/not allocating enough backhaul. (Same with CVC allocation) - I feel that if you're trying to offer something in the vicinity of 1Gbps plans, you need to make it yourself rather than relying on other companies infrastructure to get it. It'll just bite you in the behind if you try.

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