National Broadband Network (NBN)

The NBN is an Australia-wide project designed to transform our telephone and internet services by upgrading the current copper networks with NBN’s super-fast fibre-optic cables.
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Understanding the different NBN connections

The first thing you need to know is that the NBN will make the most of three key technologies: fibre, fixed-wireless and satellite.

Once it’s available in your area and depending on the technology available, you may be able to purchase a speed pack that has potential to achieve speeds that are four times faster than what’s currently available on ADSL2+.

Here’s how different NBN connections work:

Infographic showing different NBN connection types

  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP): FTTP is generally considered the best NBN connection as the fibre optic cable is fed directly to your home for a speedier, more reliable service.
  • Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN): With FTTN, the fibre optic cable is fed into a small box called a node installed somewhere on your street – this is then connected to your home via existing copper lines.
  • Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB)Perfect for those living in an apartment block, FTTB connects you to the NBN via a specialised node in the basement of your building.
  • Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC): This NBN game-changer is similar to FTTN, but instead of connecting to a node that serves the entire street, it delivers super-fast internet to a dedicated telecom pit outside your premises.
  • HFC Cable: A Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connection is used when the existing pay TV or cable network is able to form the final part of the NBN connection.
  • Fixed Wireless: Ideal for people living and working in rural areas, this option uses radio signals from ground stations to transmit broadband data to special equipment inside your building.
  • Satellite: With this type of connection, a satellite dish is installed onto your premises and is used to receive an NBN network signal from the Sky Muster™ satellite.

Who’s in charge of what when it comes to the NBN?

When it comes to delivering the NBN to your home, there are two separate entities involved:

  1. The NBN wholesaler is responsible for:
  • Building the actual NBN network
  • General maintenance and keeping the network running
  1. Your internet service provider is responsible for:
  • Providing your internet or phone services
  • Making sure your modem is working properly
  • Installing your connection and providing support

Is the NBN available in my area?

Give us a call on 13 19 20 today and one of our broadband team members will let you know. If your area is ready, you can find out everything you need to know about getting connected here.

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It’s time to see how iSelect can help you find the perfect NBN plan for you.

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