The below paragraph is just me coming up with a theory that might occur. I would like to know if there is a chance this will happen.

Considering NBN will probably be available in my area next year, sometime around March. Is it possible that perhaps the majority of Vividwireless users living in my area may cancel their contract with Vividwireless to take the opportunity with signing up on a FTTN plan, and quite essentially resulting in an outcome that benefit the users who are still left using this 4G network. Cause I have always thought that the reason it is so slow for me is because so many people are using the same tower, and this congestion is negatively affecting everyone's experience I suppose, and not just me alone. Well I am not sure if anyone else is experiencing slow performance around my area, but this is just my abstract assumption that if less people are on vividwireless in my area, the better off for the existing users that still remains, in which who (including me) will probably be happier with hopefully higher speeds and stability maybe.

If what I assume can actually be the case, I hope there won't be too much people with the same idea as me and they all end up staying with Vivid. Though I doubt anyone will want to stay with Vividwireless if NBN is more superior (even though it is FTTN). Did I put too much thought into this? Meh, I got bored with studying and got frustrated with the internet speed that I just decided to write something that suddenly came to mind. The reason I am writing this up is because I can't get NBN yet until my contract expires (which is next year around June).

Will I get better speeds/performance/stability if less people are using the same tower as me?

Thank you for reading

PS. I have really good signal, so my slow internet performance doesn't seem to have anything to do with it nor have I really talked with tech support about my slow speeds since I heard that people go around in circles just talking to one and it is a waste of time. I have also experimented with changing towers, but that did no good either.



Frosty-MODERATOR wrote 3 years ago

I think its quite likely that as NBN becomes available more widely, people will switch to it, reducing loads on all the other ISPs and improving performance for them too.


Pixel wrote 1 year ago

In our area, the existing copper lines are so badly corroded that ADSL2 became unusable. As the NBN around here has been earmarked as FTTN only, I don't hold any high hopes for that to change.
According to plans, my suburb is scheduled for completion by March 2018.

Question: Will Vividwireless stay operational? Or will LTE be discontinued on short notice, the same way WiMAX was a few months ago?


ozzcaddy-MODERATOR wrote 1 year ago

Hi Pixel, the question you ask can only be answered by Vividwireless.

Just to explain so you have a clearer picture, Vividwireless is owned by Optus, but operates under its own entity. Previously, Vividwireless was owned by the Channel 7 Group and was sold to Optus. Before Vividwireless, there was a previous company called Unwired that was also a wireless network, also, a separate entity owned by the Channel 7 Group.

As new technology evovled, the evolution of Vividwireless was created and operated a Wimax 3G network. Former customers of Unwired were invited to transfer over to the new Vividwireless Wimax 3G network, as the Unwired network would be closed down.

Optus bought Vividwireless Wimax 3G from the Channel 7 Group, and still allowed Vividwireless to operate as a separate entity, even though Vividwireless uses the Optus towers.

Then when LTE (4G) technology came along, Vividwireless then began upgrading its network to the LTE (4G) last year. It could not continue to run both 3G & 4G networks, so the Wimax (3G) was closed down completely once the LTE was fully operating.

The wireless spectrum that the Wimax 3G network used, will probably be utilised by Optus. (my view).

Whilst new wireless technology evolves, I'm sure that Vividwireless will still be around, as there is a market for wireless networks.

I was a customer with Unwired back in 2005 I think, and I transferred to Vividwireless Wimax 3G and upgraded to the LTE 4G. I became a Moderator when I was with Unwired, and have continued on with Vividwireless, assisting Frosty.

Steve (Frosty) was associated with Unwired from day one, and has continued with Vividwireless. He may add his own views on your question.

So I hope that provides a clearer picture on the future of Vividwireless.

I am not employed by Vividwireless, just a customer like you.



Frosty-MODERATOR wrote 1 year ago

I'm always rather reluctant to comment on vividwireless in terms of its market positioning and prospects. Not really my role to do that. However I've been involved with Unwired and vividwireless since FEB 2004. A couple of times I thought it would either disappear, or just be folded in as a division of some other parent entity. That hasn't happened. I know a few of the senior people at vividwireless, having interacted with them over the years. They really know wireless well. It is an interesting niche market and I think there are good prospects of wireless internet access remaining viable for the medium- to long-term. It will always serve certain people well, either because they are renters and move around a lot, or because internet access via other mechanisms is poor in some particular place, and so on.


Pixel wrote 1 year ago

Thanks, Gentlemen

Yes, that describes pretty well the situation in our neck of Suburbia:
"poor other mechanisms".
Therefore, I really hope that vividwireless remains viable and continues to offer the service. It's the only way for me to get a decent connection - without being forced to move elsewhere.
My only gripe, after the switch from WiMAX to LTE: Under WiMAX, I could upload at 2-3 Mbps, whereas LTE throttles back to less than 1Mbps. The effect is, at busier times of day my upload speeds drop below 100 Kbps, which makes even Skype by video impossible.

Cheers, Pixel.

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