If you’re a Perth local, by now you’ve probably heard of Pentanet – Perth’s local internet provider, which was created by two St Stephen’s School alumni, brothers Stephen and Tim Cornish.
The keen gamers longed for good internet and after constant disappointment with traditional providers, they pooled their resources and talents and decided to start their own telecommunications network, which saw the start of Pentanet.
That was just over three years ago and Pentanet has grown exponentially since. Now, you often see or hear their ads all over Perth, their logo emblazoned on the Perth Wildcats jersey as the team’s principal partner, and read customers singing their praises all over social media.
The duo took time out from their busy schedules to revisit their old stomping ground at the School’s Duncraig Campus recently, enjoying a peek at the old honour boards and looking around the grounds.
“I honestly don’t have any bad memories of school, just good memories and lessons, so when I reflect on my time here, it is all positive,” Stephen said.
When we last caught up with the guys, they had 15 staff, around 10 telecommunications towers which wirelessly transmit high-speed internet to a receiver on customers’ rooftops and were connecting around 100 new customers a month.
Today, they have over 50 staff in their Balcatta office, more than 40 towers that cover from Rockingham to Yanchep and Roleystone in the east, and nearing 10,000 Perth customers.
According to reviews from happy customers, it is their fast and reliable service along with being a local company with local support that sets them apart.
“We offer an honest product with a personal approach,” Tim said. “We are your neighbours,we shop at the same place, we buy coffee from the same place down the road; we aren’t a call centre answering to the whole of Australia. If there’s something happening in Perth that may affect anyone’s service like a big weather event,we know about it.”
Pentanet has also grown beyond just offering a high-speed telecommunications network,branching out into other areas including their beloved Pentanet.GG – WA’s own esports platform that invests in the next generation of professional gamers and gives real career opportunities in the esports sphere. Just like Pentanet, the GG (‘good game’) arm of the business has taken off with their inaugural League of Legends team solidifying PGG as ‘one to watch’ in the Oceanic region.
The brothers are also preparing for their upcoming IPO to fund further expansion and they hinted at more telecommunications and gaming technology being in development.
While their focus and expertise has seen them succeed, Stephen and Tim haven’t forgotten their roots, happy to jump on board to sponsor the St Stephen’s School Foundation Gala this November.
“It is the School that produced us,” Stephen said, reflecting on his time here and his love for woodwork and metalwork during his school days.
“I really liked the tech centre – it taught me skills that led me to my mechanical engineering apprenticeship and how I like to look into how things work, which I use everyday.”
Tim said he really valued the culture of the school.
“The teachers work hard to find whatever talent the kids might have and resource for it, allowing it to flourish whether that is in sport, music or academics, there are pathways for all,” he said.
“Supporting the School’s Foundation is about making sure future generations have as good,or if not better, opportunities than what we had.”
So, why not see what Pentanet can do for your family?
“Support us by signing up for a product that we all use anyway! We’d love all the SSS families to choose fast, local and reliable internet with a company that supports your immediate, local community,” Tim said.
For more information about Pentanet’s fast, reliable, local internet, go to pentanet.com.au or delve into the world of esports at www.pentanet.gg.
Buy your tickets for the St Stephen’s School Foundation Gala supported by Pentanet at https://www.trybooking.com/BHKWP.