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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.

How does it work?

Most of Australia will access the NBN through connection options using fibre optic cables, but some rural areas will need to use satellite and fixed wireless technology. When you’re contacted to let you know that your area is NBN-ready, you should also be informed of the type of technology you’ll be using. 

National Broadband Network explained, with iSelect.

Learn more about how National Broadband Network works in this short video.


Laura Crowden
iSelect Spokesperson

The different NBN connections available are 1

Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP)

Generally considered the fastest NBN connection because the fibre optic cable feeds directly to your home.

HFC Cable

When an existing pay TV or cable network forms the final part of your NBN connection, you access it through a Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) cable.

Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN)

With this option, the fibre optic cable feeds into your street via a box called a node which then connects to your home through existing copper lines.

Fixed Wireless

Generally found in rural areas, this option transmits broadband data to your building using radio signals.

Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB)

Created for multi-residential buildings, with this system you connect to the NBN through a node centrally located in your building.

Sky MusterTM Satellite

For this connection, a dish on your home receives an NBN network signal via satellite.

Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC)

Similar to FTTN, but rather than connecting to a node serving your whole street, it delivers the NBN to a dedicated pit outside your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NBN?

Why the change?

When will it be completed?

Is the NBN available in my area?

How fast is the NBN?

So what speed plan do I need?

How do I connect?

Can I connect to the NBN if I’m renting?

Do I need a modem?

Can I change my connection type?

Can I keep my home phone on the NBN?

What happens if there’s a power outage?

How much does the NBN cost?

Why does the NBN slow down at night?

Will my medical alarm, security alarm, EFTPOS machine or fax machine work with the NBN?

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