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LadyMc

Broadband in Darwin

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Hi

 

We are looking to relocate to Darwin in August, but need to try and find some info out about broadband as it may be a deal breaker if we can't get it, it is too slow or is limited in download. I need a good speed and lots of download as I skype with my mother every single day for about an hour so she can see my 1 year old twins.

 

When my husband was last in Darwin 9 years ago he could only have dial up!!

 

I am assuming that broadband is now available but wondered if someone could confirm if it is widely available.

 

I've checked sites like Telstra and can't establish coverage. I do note the max download of 500gb and then speed slows to a crawl. Does anyone have unlimited data download?

 

Finally is it a big deal to get it installed in a rental property

 

Thanks in advance

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Hi

 

We are looking to relocate to Darwin in August, but need to try and find some info out about broadband as it may be a deal breaker if we can't get it, it is too slow or is limited in download. I need a good speed and lots of download as I skype with my mother every single day for about an hour so she can see my 1 year old twins.

 

When my husband was last in Darwin 9 years ago he could only have dial up!!

 

I am assuming that broadband is now available but wondered if someone could confirm if it is widely available.

 

I've checked sites like Telstra and can't establish coverage. I do note the max download of 500gb and then speed slows to a crawl. Does anyone have unlimited data download?

 

Finally is it a big deal to get it installed in a rental property

 

Thanks in advance

 

 

A lot has changed in 9 years, so it should not be a surprise that in a vast territory like the NT that only dial up was available at that time.

 

Now, it depends where you live of course. Broadband is available in all major cities,towns and most remote locations too! However, some areas offer faster broadband than others.

 

No it is not a big deal to get it installed in any property, rental or otherwise. You simply call the phone company and they will tell you what type of internet connection is available and hey presto you have a phone line and internet. You choose which plan you want and the download capacity.

 

If fast broadband is the deal breaker, then you might not like a lot of things here.

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Thanks for your response.

I visited Darwin before and loved it. It was just at the end of the wet so everywhere was lovely and lush green. I'm so very excited about the possibility of moving there. Especially the ability to walk out of wherever we live and push the babies somewhere. Where we are at now, we can't walk anywhere. It's always in the car and always quite a way away. I just think that Darwin will have much more of a community spirit. Hope I'm right.

 

I just don't want to deprive my Mum of the only contact she will have with my kids. Skype uses a lot of data for video calls and a minimum speed 275kbps download. From experience I would say you really need 500kbps. Plus a decent upload speed.

 

Obviously you are there at the moment Sammy1. Do you have kids? If so do you know if they have indoor place spaces for toddlers - soft play areas? I know they have lots on in the parks and the wave pool etc. Just wondering what there is for the hot and wet summer months

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I think you need to do a LOT more research on Darwin.

 

Thanks for your response.

I visited Darwin before and loved it. It was just at the end of the wet so everywhere was lovely and lush green. I'm so very excited about the possibility of moving there. Especially the ability to walk out of wherever we live and push the babies somewhere. Where we are at now, we can't walk anywhere. It's always in the car and always quite a way away. I just think that Darwin will have much more of a community spirit. Hope I'm right.

 

I just don't want to deprive my Mum of the only contact she will have with my kids. Skype uses a lot of data for video calls and a minimum speed 275kbps download. From experience I would say you really need 500kbps. Plus a decent upload speed.

 

Obviously you are there at the moment Sammy1. Do you have kids? If so do you know if they have indoor place spaces for toddlers - soft play areas? I know they have lots on in the parks and the wave pool etc. Just wondering what there is for the hot and wet summer months

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Thanks for that insightful comment VERY STORMY.

I mistakenly thought that these forums were to provide support for people considering the big move, or having made it as well as providing useful information. Clearly I was wrong and I apologise for that.

I am of course trying to do more research about Darwin. Hence the fact I asked questions on here.

Perhaps it is my expectations that are causing some confusion. Perhaps I should make it clear I am not comparing Darwin with the UK or the facilities with those available there. I currently live in a concrete jungle and prior to this lived on a very small island with some facilities that were VERY expensive and just a couple of places that were within walking distance.

I find that there is not a huge amount of information online about Darwin and especially about things for kids. I am having to base some of my expectations on my husband's time living there on 2 separate occasions for significant periods and my visits. At that time we were based in Larrakeyah and I would walk into town regularly

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The best person to ask is janine the party queen, she'll be able to help. I dont think she comes on as often but im sure you'll get a reply eventually

 

Best of luck with your move

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