Broadband in Perth
Broadband users in Perth have the choice of ADSL1, ADSL2+, Naked DSL and mobile wireless broadband connections.
Most inner Perth suburbs have access to ADSL2+, although a few areas are still on ADSL1. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are always expanding into new areas, so it's a good idea to check every now and again with a few broadband providers to see if ADSL2+ has become available at your local exchange.
On the other hand, you may find a popular ISP has run out of ports at your exchange and can't give you a broadband service. In this case, you could give a few other providers a call and find out if they can offer you a plan instead.
The majority of Perth's inner suburbs are covered by ADSL2+ broadband services. TPG, which is a popular broadband provider, has enabled many telephone exchanges in the inner suburbs for ADSL2+. Areas not covered by TPG's ADSL2+ service can usually access ADSL1. Call us on 1300 106 571 for the latest TPG deals and to find out if TPG is available at your address.
iiNet (1300 106 571) is a Perth-based ISP with great ADSL2+ coverage across Perth. Many of these exchanges are also enabled for fetchtv, an internet TV service. iPrimus (1300 137 794), Perth-based Westnet (1300 768 134) and Netspace (1300 115 225) are also reputable broadband providers who provide ADSL2+ in Perth. These providers can offer good value ADSL1 plans if they cannot offer ADSL2+ at your address.
Most ISPs are based on Australia’s east coast, so Perth-based broadband users can take advantage of being three hours behind EST. For example, if the off-peak time starts at midnight, you can start using your off-peak quota at the more convenient time of 9pm.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is not just for regional Western Australia. Fibre optic super-fast broadband is also coming to Perth's Victoria Park area, which has been announced as a Second Release site. Construction on this site is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2011.
Residents set to benefit from the early roll-out will be notified and given the opportunity to hook up to the network. In the meantime, ADSL2+ and ADSL1 connections are still available to most residences in this area.
Mobile wireless broadband
Mobile wireless broadband is available from several providers in Perth, and while coverage is generally good in metropolitan areas, there are always variations. It's a good idea to check coverage at your home with individual providers before signing up to a new ISP. Optus has good deals on mobile wireless broadband and can give you an idea on the coverage you can expect to receive from most providers as the majority use Optus towers. Call Optus on 1300 768 194 for more information.
Perth has excellent free Wi-Fi access at various areas around the city. Take a look at our article on free Perth Wi-Fi hotspots to find out where to go for free internet while out and about.