The Varsity Lakes-based enterprise has struck a deal with NBN that within months will give it access the network for which other Gold Coast companies may wait two years.
OntheNet managing director Tak Woo (pictured) said the company’s clients ranged from large organisations, such as the city council, through to households, and the arrangement enabled OntheNet to offer them direct access to high-speed internet services.
“To be able to connect directly to NBN, the company had to undertake significant technical certification testing, which we passed with flying colours,” Mr Woo said.
“The certification will give OntheNet an advantage over competitors because the direct-connect arrangement, and having our own team of field staff, will ensure the smoothest possible transition for clients.
“We can offer customers the best value broadband packages because we won’t have to pay a middle man.”
Mr Woo said OntheNet had set up a facility to test features of the NBN as the network was rolled out.
“The wholesale broadband agreement and the establishment of testing facilities will mean that, in the event of a change of government and changes to the NBN strategy, OntheNet will be able to adapt to changes very quickly,” he said.
Mr Woo said the first Gold Coast connection for the NBN was expected within months at a development site.
And the northern end of the Coast was forecast to be NBN linked within three years.
(2013) ‘Being on the ball nets first NBN link’, Gold Coast Bulletin, 13 April 2013 [Online]