Adelaide's broadband blackspots are vanishing thanks to Superloop's wireless broadband network.
What you need to know about Superloop wireless broadband plans
Superloop (previously NuSkope) does things a little differently to other Internet providers. Instead of relying on underground cables to deliver broadband to its customers across Adelaide, the telco has built its own large-scale wireless network capable of beaming high-speed broadband to areas of the city it previously couldn’t reach.
Exclusive to Adelaide and select regions of South Australia, Superloop's Fixed Wireless Broadband plans provide a dedicated Internet service with no need for an existing phone line. Instead, you'll need to have line-of-sight from your house to one of Superloop's transmission towers in order for Superloop to install the required wireless antenna on your property.
Because Superloop's network does away with underground cables, you won't be able to bundle in any phone services with its fixed wireless broadband plans. On the upside, Superloop gives you plenty of choice when it comes to contract length, with all its plans available on month-to-month, 12-month and 24-month contracts.
What are the different Superloop wireless broadband plans?
Superloop offers wireless broadband plans for a variety of online needs. For light Internet users, plans start at 40GB of data a month with a maximum speed of 12Mbps. From there, data caps increase to 100GB, 250GB, 450GB, 600GB and 1,000GB. At 250GB and higher, the maximum speed increases too, going up to a peak of 30Mbps. Keep in mind, though, that wireless broadband speeds are affected more drastically by factors such as electrical interference and weather conditions than traditional wired Internet. Your speed may vary significantly from Superloop's advertised maximums.
All Superloop's wireless broadband plans also come with a static IP address, giving you the ability to host a website or server on your home network and make it accessible to the Internet at large.
How much do Superloop wireless broadband plans cost?
Constructing a wireless broadband network from the ground up is a hefty investment, and as such Superloop prices its plans at a premium compared to similar offerings in the wired space.
40GB of data at 12Mbps will set you back $39.95 a month, with the price increasing to $49.95 a month for 100GB per month. Stepping up to 30Mbps and 250GB a month will bring the cost to $59.95 a month, with $79.95 a month getting you 450GB, $99.95 a month getting you 600GB and $139.95 getting you 1,000GB.
Installing the antenna you'll need to receive wireless broadband doesn't come cheap, either. On a month-to-month contract, you'll have to pay a $249 setup fee to cover the installation, with this dropping to $189.95 and $99.95 on 12-month and 24-month contracts respectively. If your house has an obstructed line-of-sight to the nearest Superloop transmission tower, you may also need to pay for an extended pole or mast for the antenna, which could cost you up to $220.
Along with the antenna, Superloop will install a modem at your house for accessing your Internet service. This modem is provided on a rental basis and will need to be returned should you cancel your service. If you want to set up a Wi-Fi network at your home so multiple devices can connect to the Internet at the same time, Superloop also offers a wireless router for $99.95 with any of its plans.
If you're thinking about signing up for one of Superloop's longer-term contracts to save money on the setup cost, you'll want to keep in mind that cancelling your service before your full term is up carries a steep compensation fee. On both 12- and 24-month contracts, this can be as much as $500.
At least you won't have to worry about excess data usage fees with Superloop; if you go over your monthly data cap, your Internet speed will simply drop to 512kbps for the rest of the billing cycle.
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