Facebook has partnered with Perth-based ISP Pentanet in an effort to revolutionize Internet coverage in Australia.
Pentanet is replacing its Perth-based wireless internet with the Terragraph system, which offers speeds of up to one gigabit (1000 megabits) of wireless.
Pentanet listed on the stock exchange in January and raised $ 40 million in the process. Founder and MD Stephen Cornish has been in talks with Facebook for years and believes they can now offer the best and cheapest internet plans in the country.
“Facebook has developed all these new groundbreaking technologies for last kilometers and fiber networks, and we are adopting some of that technology and implementing it in the Australian market because there has been a gap left with our telecommunications,” Cornish explains.
While the Terragraph devices whip fast, they only cover a range of 250m, meaning Pentanet now has the task of installing “thousands” of them across Perth.
Pentanet secured a 15-year license in April for the high-band 5G spectrum in Perth.