What is OptiComm Private Network?
OptiComm Private Fibre Network is a privately owned network wholesaler that offers products and services to housing estates in Australia. Featuring FTTP or Fibre-to-the-Premises and VDSL or high-speed cable connection to residential homes, it is a fresh option available for Australian homes in terms of internet service and options.
A licensed carrier and wholesale network infrastructure operator since 2007, OptiComm Private Network also happens to be the largest privately owned builder and operator of FTTP Networks for apartment and residential housing, commercial building, and other new estate developments. It is one of the very few alternatives Aussie households can opt for instead of the government-owned National Broadband Network (NBN).
In 2009, the government accepted OptiComm’s open access, wholesale-only business model, which made the company a trusted Australian Telecommunications carrier supporting high-speed broadband structures and facilities in Australia. At present, OptiComm Private Network continues to design and maintain fibre-based networks while its Retail Service Providers deliver broadband and telecommunications services to consumers.
Known as the "other NBN", the OptiComm network is currently available for a small number of communities only.
OptiComm vs NBN
OptiComm is part of the Uniti Group, an ASX listed company which is buying and building a private fibre network to rival the NBN Co.
What is the difference between OptiComm and the NBN?
In terms of service, OptiComm is almost similar to what NBN FTTP has to offer. Both of these wholesale open-access data networks use high-speed fibre optic cables to transfer signals fast to end user consumers through Retail Service Providers. However, the two differ in who maintains the network and the technology that delivers fast-internet connectivity service to Australian homes.
OptiComm is the sole entity responsible for building, operating, and maintaining their fixed line telecommunications network. It also features superior technology compared to NBN connections. Meanwhile, the NBN is maintained and operated by the government, with mostly decade-old copper wires and coaxial cables used for transmitting service to its clients.
Since OptiComm does not rely on any older technology, it delivers better service. Nevertheless, the NBN, being the bigger network, currently controls the biggest share of internet service providers in the country.
OptiComm is only available for a selected few, but it is still a great alternative to the NBN, especially in estate home areas where the service is available. There is a very little chance that OptiComm will be able to get ahead of the competition as big as the National Broadband Network. However, it is considerably fast in areas where its services and infrastructures are available.
Although least popular, one will be surprised with the pros of having OptiComm as their network. In an OptiComm estate, you don’t need to install an external antenna for TV services if you have access to free-to-air television. It is also possible to subscribe to Foxtel or get Fetch TV from an OptiComm provider. Although it is heavily dependent on your location, the network can support a pretty decent signal and internet speed.
OptiComm Private Fibre Network currently features six speed tiers that are similar to the Basic, Standard, Fast, Superfast and Ultrafast speed tiers available via the NBN network.
The following speed tiers are available via the OptiComm Private Network:
OptiComm Speed Tier Plans
Download and Upload Speed
NBN Plan Equivalent
12Mbps download, 1Mbps upload
NBN Basic 1
25Mbps download, 5Mbps upload
NBN Basic 2
50Mbps download, 20Mbps upload
100Mbps download, 40Mbps upload
250Mbps download, 25Mbps upload
1000Mbps download, 50Mbps upload
OptiComm Private Network is available in the following estates and suburbs:
Western Australia (WA)
- Alkimos Beach, Alkimos
- Trinity, Alkimos
- Butler Medical Centre, Butler
- Brighton, Butler
- Jindee, Jindalee
- Jindalee Beachside, Jindalee
- Brighton-Ridgewood, Ridgewood
- Waterbank, East Perth
- The Heights, Kardinya
- Greenlea, Baldivis
- Spires, Baldivis
South Australia (SA)
- Springwood, Gawler East
- Blakes Crossing, Blakeview
- Lightsview, Northgate
- Lochiel Park, Campbelltown
- West, West Lakes
- Encore, Fraser Rise
- Vue Green, Beveridge
- Valley Park, Westmeadows
- Studio Nine, Richmond
- River Walk, Kensington
- Water Edge, Narre Warren South
- Jackson View, Drouin
- Bellaview, Drysdale
New South Wales (NSW)
- Eden, Catherine Fields
- Calderwood Valley, Calderwood
- Rosebery Apartments, Rosebery
- Lighthouse, Dee Why
- York and George, Sydney
- Leichhardt Green, Leichhardt
- ParkBridge, Middleton Grange
- Riverside at Tea Gardens, Tea Gardens
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
- The Grove, Ngunnawal
- Canberra Centre, Canberra
- Isabella Gardens, Isabella Plains
- South City Square, Woolloongabba
- Stoneham Street Apt, Greenslopes
- East Village, Cannon Hill
- The Yards, Bowen Hills
- Logan Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Loganholme
- The Peninsula, Springfield Lakes
- Fernbrooke, Redbank Plains
- Ripley Valley, Ripley
- The Pines, Hidden Valley
These are just some of the OptiComm Fibre Connected Communities in Australia. To verify a residence that is within the OptiComm zone, please call Compare Broadband.
The NBN is still the leading internet service provider in Australia and there is currently no second in line in terms of competition. However, you can still avail other internet options, such as OptiComm Private Fibre Network, via the following internet service providers.
- Aussie Broadband
- Brennan IT
- City Communications
- Clear Broadband
- Commander Broadband
- Connected Australia
- Harbour ISP
- Uniti Wireless
Note: You can't change the wholesale network available at your property, the infrastructure is the infrastructure. If the NBN is available at your address then that is your solution. If OptiComm is available then you will go on the Opticomm network. The only alternative would be a mobile broadband service, which will be inferior and susceptible to drop outs and speed fluctuations.