The Sunshine Coast will soon have access to a “revolutionary” local internet service promising a high-quality connection with fast speeds.
The carrier will draw on technology developed by Facebook parent company Meta that will deliver gigabit internet to residents and businesses across the region.
It will be welcome news to Sunshine Coast businesses and residents of multi-dwelling units (MDUs), high-density growth areas like Aura and Harmony, and single dwellings within the coverage area.
Move Up Internet is the retail service provider under the Graph Networks umbrella, using Meta’s multi-gigabit Terragraph technology.
The Brisbane-based carrier will cover an expansive area of Southeast Queensland from Noosa to Tweed Heads and offer a range of internet services directly to customers, bypassing the need to resell NBN services.
Graph Networks has designed a software-driven network to allow rapid deployment in MDUs and townhouse projects.
Move Up Internet will use mmWave wireless technology, designed to make deploying gigabit connectivity faster and more efficient in markets where trenching fibre for NBN is difficult and costly.
The network will be delivered from key points of presence, or PoPs, direct to homes and businesses.
The infrastructure will also allow for seamless scaling as demand for services in the region grows, where more PoPs can be added.
Based at Caloundra, Move Up Internet CEO Daniel Filmer said he was passionate about being the local “high-speed internet backbone” servicing the Sunshine Coast region.
“Our key focus has been around building this high-speed, resilient network,” he said.
“We want end users within our coverage area to be able to access higher-speed internet services at cheaper prices than what anyone can deliver over NBN.
“A lot of carriers are Australia-wide, but we want to focus on being localised.
“We want to become the local provider to Southeast Queensland, so customers get to know our reputation.
“Supporting local business with quality internet is a big passion of mine as well.”
Now up and running in Brisbane, Move Up Internet recently connected its Terragraph network to the cable landing station in Maroochydore, where it will also benefit from the JGA-S Sunshine Coast subsea cable.
Mr Filmer said it was on track to ‘light up’ its first PoPs in Maroochydore and Caloundra in September.
Initially it will connect 45 MDUs across Caloundra and Maroochydore, and then focus on PoPs up the Coast to Noosa, before beginning services in the Gold Coast region.
“We will be lighting it up with six PoPs straight away, each with a one-kilometre radius, reducing the distance to each end user,” Mr Filmer said.
“Somewhere like Caloundra, we can serve about 250 individual businesses as well as a significant number of MDUs and accommodation and holiday resorts from a single PoP.
“Living in Caloundra for eight years, I’ve experienced the pain point of working from home and having teenage kids with demands on streaming.
“When we turn it on, individual single-dwelling homes within the coverage range will also be able to connect in.”
Mr Filmer said Move Up Internet was also exploring opportunities to service key estates including Aura and Harmony.
“We get a lot of feedback from customers looking for services as they are having issues with NBN connections,” he said.
“I see the Sunny Coast being our biggest market based on the rate of interest and rate of growth, which is really exciting being from the Sunshine Coast myself.”
Interested residents and businesses can pre-register and find out more information here.
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