|Founded||Geraldton, Western Australia (1994)|
|Headquarters||Perth, Western Australia|
Number of employees
Westnet is a Perth-based Australian telecommunications company providing broadband ADSL, broadband ADSL2+, satellite broadband, dialup Internet, telephony and web-hosting services to homes and businesses across Australia.
Founded in the West Australian city of Geraldton in 1994 by Chris and Rhonda Thomas, Westnet began in a spare bedroom. In 1996 it was purchased by local company Mitchell and Brown Communications and experienced rapid growth over the years as a local internet service provider to the Geraldton region. With this expansion came the necessity of larger premises, which saw Westnet relocate to St. Martins Tower in Perth in 1999.
In 2004, Westnet began offering a telephone service in addition to its internet products. At this time, the company began referring to itself as a telecommunications service provider, rather than only an internet service provider.
Acquisition by iiNet
On 8 May 2008 Western Australian based internet service provider iiNet announced acquisition of Westnet in a deal worth $81 million (AUD). The two companies continue to manage two separate brands but share many functions.
In June 2007, Westnet stated that it had been "trialling" traffic prioritisation for a year, deprioritising peer-to-peer traffic, and would be continuing to do so in future. The announcement was made on the Westnet Blog and on Whirlpool.net.au, to mixed reactions. Some praised Westnet for openly declaring its use of prioritisation, while others (including a Whirlpool News editorial) criticised the company for using it silently for a year, or for doing so at all. Whirlpool News's article also suggested that the admission followed assertions by competing ISP Exetel that it was not the only ISP restricting peer-to-peer traffic.
Westnet has won the following awards:
- 2008 Customer Service Institute of Australia - National Medium Business of the Year
- 2008 Customer Service Institute of Australia - Excellence in a Contact Centre (WA)
- 16th and 17th ACNielsen Consult Australian Online Survey
- Best ISP – PC Authority Reliability and Service Awards 2007, 2008
- "Westnet Joins Forces with iiNet". Westnet. 8 May 2008. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
- Ryan Bunter (25 June 2007). "Westnet Traffic Prioritisation". Westnet. Retrieved 24 February 2008.
- Phil Sweeney (26 June 2007). "Westnet admits P2P prioritisation". Whirlpool. Retrieved 4 December 2007.
- 31 August 2004, "Customers vote WestNet top ISP: survey". The Age Online, Retrieved on 9 October 2013
- Joseph Sapienza, 4 December 2008. "Westnet voted "Best ISP" in Australia and NZ". Fairfax Digital, Retrieved on 17 August 2009.