Is anyone aware of an avenue to register interest in being connected with a Gigabit NBN service? I'm under the belief that the NBN is capable of reaching these speeds for Fibre to the Premise connections, but ISP's aren't offering this due to perceived lack of interest and not worth the cost to ISPs.
Due to this, if there was a way to let Optus know that I am interested in a Gigabit connection (When I connected, 100Mb speeds weren't advertised and I had to ask to be upgraded), or to be notified when it is available?
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No doubt Gbit plans will come but given the difficulties all RSPs are facing providing semi reliable 100Mbps services its probably not something we'll see for a few years yet.
You can read this article about Wollongong (which is the only Gigabit enabled place in Oz as far as I know). Even so its being provided at a huge loss to the company in question right now.
To answer your question though, I don't think any RSP (or even the NBN) is providing any means to express interest in Gb plans. You can be sure though that the first RSP to offer the nation (not just Woolongong) a GB plan will be making a lot of noise about it!
Note some RSPs do offer 250Mbps plans for FTTP already. A 2Tb plan with no phone would cost around $280 a month. However $200 more than a comparable Optus plan is a stiff premium to pay for that extra 'speed' that most of the internet will slow you down from anyway at the moment.
The solution listed here (which was probably right in 2017) should be removed / updated now to cover the current IT press articles on the new services that are available namely:
1)"Home superfast" 250/25; and
2) "Home ultrafast" 1000/50 Mbps .
Hi, Prices should come into effect now (May 2020)- not sure of the final prices are listed here, but the indicative prices can be found ->> https://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-pricing-paper-proposes-new-10020-25025-and-100050mbps-tiers/
so if you and I have 100/40 to go to 250/25 (wholesale) is an extra $3 (plus markup) (ie $68-65)
whilst I don't want to loose the 40 uplink either, to go to 250/100 is considerable more ($100-65)
Re "60 minute wait and you're good"
I would imagine there is a wait for the modem! Expect they will issue a DOCSIS 3.1 model, if it to match the models they were using in the 2017 and then the July 2019 speed trials in Melbourne.
I'm definitely interested in a Gigabit plan. How do you express interest in Optus Gigabit internet?
BTW: Companies like DGtek are now laying down optical fibre all over Melbourne. Maybe Optus ought to do a deal with DGtek?
Optus no longer has its own hardware... so there's no reason for not doing a deal with someone other than the NBN?
Perhaps users will get some decent pricing if the NBN has some competition?
P.S. Optus got its start as an alternative to the incumbent Telstra monopoly (similar to what DGtek is now attempting).
NBN has a few competitors... other than 5G networks: Companies such as DGtek are starting to spring up and lay down their own cable.
When Optus first entered the market competing against Telstra it installed cable only in Metro areas and used the power lines to reduce the cost of installation.
DGtek is using optical fibre and putting the fibre underground without using the NBN pits.
Given that Optus is now busy shutting down its own network why doesn't it team up with DGtek to improve service and pricing?
Wonder how long it will be before Optus finally announces a gigabit service?
Anyone with a HFC connection is theoretically able to get Gigabit internet once NBN upgrade the switches to higher speeds (they are busy doing this).