Australian Internet Service Provider Move Up Internet (MUI) has outlined plans to launch an Internet service developed by Facebook's parent company Meta.
As reported by Sunshine Coast News (SCN), the ISP claims the service will deliver gigabit Internet to residents and businesses across the Sunshine Coast region of Australia.
Brisbane-based MUI is the retail service provider of Graph Networks, a company that specializes in wireless network solutions.
The company will use Meta's multi-gigabit Terragraph technology to cover an expansive area of Southeast Queensland from Noosa to Tweed Heads and will offer a range of Internet services to customers, bypassing the need to resell NBN services.
Terragraph is a wireless technology designed to enable easier deployment of gigabit connectivity, which is designed to support markets where trenching fiber is difficult and cost-prohibitive. First announced by Meta in 2016, it uses unlicensed 60GHz spectrum (also known as V-band) and the WiGig standard. The limited range of the band means Terragraph nodes are required at 200-250 meter intervals.
SCN reports that Graph Networks has designed a software-driven network to allow rapid deployment in multi-dwelling units (MDUs) and townhouse projects.
Move Up Internet will use mmWave wireless technology for its deployment, where its network will be delivered from key points of presence (PoPs), direct to homes and businesses.
"Our key focus has been around building this high-speed, resilient network," said Move Up Internet CEO Daniel Filmer.
“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 localized."
The service is already up and running in Brisbane, while MUI also recently connected its Terragraph network to the cable landing station in Maroochydore, which has links to the JGA-S Sunshine Coast subsea cable.
Filmer told the SCN that the company is on track to turn on its first PoPs in Maroochydore and Caloundra next month.
MUI will initially connect 45 MDUs across Caloundra and Maroochydore, before focusing on PoPs up the Coast to Noosa, ahead of launching services in the Gold Coast region.