Hello. I’m currently still on lousy ADSL2, & mid-year is my cut-off for lousy NBN. As my home/area is one of the millions only getting execrable fraudband FTTN, & as there’s so many complaints about crap NBN reliability & performance, i previously chose not to rush into the changeover. However now the time draws nearer so i’ve been doing my research.
Two RSPs previously unheard of by me, but whose 50/20 Mbps plans look potentially attractive, are MATE Communicate & Barefoot Telecom. From my research i was shocked to discover they’re actually not two independent competing players at all, but instead are actually just the same mob. They both have ABN 33 165 670 413, & both have PO Box 7273 Wetherill Park NSW 2164. With the ABN i viewed details at https://abr.business.gov.au/SearchByAbnHistory.aspx?SearchText=33+165+670+413 , & from thence https://www.asic.gov.au/ , from which i learned the supposed real address [ie, not merely the PO Box] is 97 Neville St Smithfield NSW 2164. I looked this up here https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/97+Neville+St,+Smithfield+NSW+2164/@-33.8539678,150.9297255,3a,75y,188h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sPZlVUx2nKRn-3--7c9d8XQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DPZlVUx2nKRn-3--7c9d8XQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D188.61885%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b1297b5ebf7349b:0xd37ed4b01b85ab1c!8m2!3d-33.8544991!4d150.9296211 & was shocked to discover it’s just a private residential address. I was expecting some business park address with a warehouse or similar housing myriad servers.
Questions from this cynic:
- Should i be suspicious / alarmed that this mob pretends to be two unrelated companies, on their respective websites, when that is plainly untrue?
- Is that dishonest / illegal / false advertising?
- Should i be suspicious / alarmed that this mob apparently hosts their supposed NBN services from a residential house?
- Am i completely misunderstanding this whole arrangement & in fact there’s nothing to see here, move along…?