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Melbourne bayside suburbs get the superfast Spirit

Some of these suburbs are now covered by Spirit's wireless network Some of these suburbs are now covered by Spirit's wireless network

Wireless ISP Spirit Telecom has enlarged its suburban Melbourne service area with a new point of presence in the bayside suburb of Mentone.

Spirit's new Mentone point of presence takes advantage of four buildings to provide coverage within a 10km radius, taking in Cheltenham, Parkdale, Braeside, Mordialloc, Waterways and Dingley Village.

The point of presence is connected to Spirit's fibre network, and links to customers' premises via wireless.

The company's "not the NBN" network delivers speeds of up to 200/200Mbps for residential customers, while business plans go up to 1/1Gbps.

The monthly charges for residential plans are $67 (25/25Mbps), $76 (50/50), $96 (100/100) and $169 (200/200). All plans include unlimited data. A $129 set-up fee applies to month-by-month contracts, but is waived on 18-month contracts.

Business plan prices are on application, and the options are 50/50, 100/100, 250/250, 500/500Mbps and 1/1Gbps.

"Australians deserve to be connected to superfast internet that meets the standards set by our neighbours in New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia, which Australia falls far behind according to recent data. Spirit's presence in Mentone will bring serious Internet to the community and any buildings within reach of our network," said Spirit Telecom co-founder and managing director Geoff Neate.

"This has wide-ranging benefits for the local community. Superfast Internet will help businesses to run efficiently, especially those that rely heavily on large data files including local professional, scientific and technical services."

He added "Spirit owns its network, which means we directly control its installation and reliability right through to the end user. Spirit is constantly delivering the speeds promised in our plans, so the customer gets what they paid for."

Areas covered by Spirit include certain parts of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney.

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