OptiComm is the biggest private competitor to the NBN Co fibre cable network. It builds and operates fibre optic networks in mostly new or recently developed estates and has, so far, passed over 120,000 premises.
In April, Aussie Broadband announced it had started building a fibre network, with the company later saying that medium-sized and larger businesses would be able to order 10Gbps connections.
The first phase of that network, which was said to be well underway in July, is a 20km ring around the Melbourne CBD and Port Melbourne, connecting the data centres that Aussie Broadband uses and the Exhibition and Port Melbourne NBN points of interconnect.
Aussie Broadband managing director Phillip Britt said in a statement the deal would help to significantly increase his company's fibre footprint.
“We are looking forward to working with OptiComm to deliver FttP services to existing and prospective residential customers. We believe this partnership will complement Aussie’s existing fibre network expansion across Australia.
"The good news is that Aussie Broadband will now be available to customers in an OptiComm active area. "Over the next few weeks we’ll be contacting residents to let them know about our excellent products and Australia-based tech support.
“We’ll be offering the same unlimited plans across OptiComm and NBN. However, we won’t be offering our 100GB and 500GB plans on OptiComm at this stage."
Britt said the pandemic had reinforced the need for Australians to have reliable, fast broadband connections.
“There’s no denying that customer usage has changed since lockdown. People have become used to using their data for more things and on more devices. So, we’re seeing a growing demand for high-speed internet connectivity amongst our customers,” he said.
OptiComm chief executive Paul Cross said: “We’re very excited to welcome a high-quality Internet provider like Aussie Broadband to our growing network. We hope that residents will enjoy the benefits that the company has to offer, including superfast connectivity and excellent customer service and technical support.
“The demand for data has never been stronger, in fact, we’ve seen our downstream network utilisation settle at 10% above its pre-COVID-19 level, with the upward trend still continuing, particularly in Victoria.
“We’re proud to partner with an Australian-owned company that, like us, is committed to bringing ultra-fast broadband to as many people as we can, as quickly as possible.”