There's A New 100Mbps 'NBN Killer' In Town

Image: Uniti Wireless

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.

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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.


Comments

    I mean it would be alright for general use, but all wireless networking tends to be a bit shit for even decent resolution streaming.

      nah man It works fine. 50mbs down and 10 up is just fine for 4k streaming

      Uniti and Nuskope both are fine for streaming video.

      I use Nuskope at home and can stream 4k video flawlessly from Netflix, no issues on 4k from YouTube either. Nuskope offer 30/5 Plan

      Uniti Wireless I have used at my old work and it was the same thing, we got a higher constant 50Mbps down and extremely low latency, lower than I've ever seen on FTTN or ADSL.

      They both use the 5Ghz spectrum for higher bandwidth wireless networking

    I've used it - excellent, very consistent speeds matching the plan you pay for exactly.

    The cons - my power bill went up (significant enough to notice) and it's no good in storms.

    Another pro - they changed their plan structure and automatically started charging me less despite me being on a contract. I was also automatically placed onto unlimited plan (from 500gb).

      How secure is your mast?

      Apart from slight ping spikes while gaming I haven't noticed any actual full connection drop outs during storms (11 K's from tower, but very secure mast)

        Ahhh thanks, I'll check it out. I assumed it was something more..."technical" with the connection to the tower or something. Cheers mate.

    Looked into the two Point to Point wireless providers when I moved in and couldn't get either. Ending up with a barely fast enough plan on a 4G provider while watching my NBN rollout date get continuously pushed back. I've had the box on the side of my house for at least 9 months now!

    sounds like a good idea until you look at the technical limitations of the network, I mean is it wifi or mobile? If it is mobile then have they gotten past the pipe-halving issue per connected customer? Because if enough people sign up, it means they either need to massively beef up their throughput or they will need more towers, otherwise the same issue that is occurring with current mobile providers will happen here too, where everything chugs as soon as people get on.

    I'm getting HFC NBN next week. Wish me luck :S

    Last edited 05/09/18 11:01 am

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