Broadband in Sydney
Sydneysiders have access to ADSL2+, cable broadband, Naked DSL and mobile wireless broadband services. While ADSL2+ is available in most Sydney areas, some outer suburbs will still be on ADSL1 (both ADSL1 and ADSL2+ are broadband services delivered through your telephone line).
When researching your choice of Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Sydney, it's worth calling a few different broadband providers, as each ISP enables telephone exchanges for ADSL2+ on different dates. While one internet provider may tell you there is no ADSL2+ available at your exchange, you could have better luck with another. The same is true of port availability, as a popular offer from an ISP can lead to all of its ports at one exchange being sold out.
Situations can change however, and an ISP who only had ADSL1 available last year, or had no ports available, may now have a great ADSL2+ deal for you.
Most of Sydney's inner suburbs are covered by ADSL2+, which is a faster version of ADSL1. TPG, a popular ISP, has activated many telephone exchanges throughout Sydney, while the outer suburbs can get either ADSL1, or ADSL2+ depending on your specific location. Call us on 1300 106 571 for the latest TPG deals and to find out if TPG is available at your address.
Other popular ISPs offering ADSL2+ in Sydney include iPrimus (1300 137 794), iiNet (1300 106 571) and Westnet (1300 768 134). Many of iiNet's Sydney exchanges are enabled for internet TV service fetchtv, as well as for ADSL2+.
It's worth calling around to a few different providers to find out exactly what deals are available at your address.
If you find no one has enabled your exchange for ADSL2+, or you are on what's known as a 'RIM' or 'pair gain', you could still be eligible for an ADSL1 service.
Cable broadband is broadband through a hybrid fibre-coaxial cable, which is the same way cable TV subscribers receive Foxtel. In Sydney, Optus and Telstra BigPond have both laid cable in some streets, which households can then connect to. The advantage of cable broadband is speeds of up to 30Mbps, although you may find that congestion affects speed.
To find out if cable is offered in your area, and for details about cable broadband deals currently available, give Optus a call on 1300 137 897.
Fibre optic in Sydney
Riverstone in Western Sydney has been named as a Second Release site for the National Broadband Network (NBN), with construction expected to start the second quarter of 2011. Premises fortunate enough to be part of the roll-out will receive letters about what's involved and will be given the opportunity to connect to the network once it's ready.
There are also a few new housing estates in Sydney which will receive access to high-speed fibre optic broadband, independent of the NBN. Gregory Hills, a planned residential community situated above the surrounding suburbs of Camden, Narellan and Campbelltown, and Oran Park Town, in Sydney's south west, will get Internode's fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services.
Mobile wireless broadband
Sydneysiders can enjoy good mobile broadband coverage across the city from all the major providers, but black spots do exist so check coverage with a few mobile broadband providers before deciding on a plan. Optus is a good place to start as the majority of mobile broadband providers use its network’s phone towers. Give Optus a call for more information on plans at 1300 768 194.
Free Wi-Fi is also available on various forms of public transport in Sydney, including at certain train stations and even on the ferries. Check our guide to free Wi-Fi hotspots in Sydney for more ideas on where to surf the net when you are out and about.