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In 2009, The Australian Government announced the national rollout of a fast and reliable internet infrastructure known as the National Broadband Network or NBN.1
Australia’s existing network was struggling to keep up with the demands of our ever-increasing technology needs. Streaming, gaming, and a myriad of connected devices needed more speed and bandwidth than ADSL was capable of delivering.
As the largest infrastructure project in the history of the country, the NBN replaces ADSL2 with a multi-technology mix (MTM) in order to future-proof internet access in Australia, allowing consumers to take advantage of faster internet speeds at home and in businesses.
The NBN was declared built and fully operational in December 2020.3
Since the rollout began in 2009, there’s a chance your home may have already been connected to the NBN. To check, you can enter your address into this handy little rollout map and it’ll quickly tell you the status of your home or business.
This map will tell you if your home is NBN ready, and what connection options you have. If you’re not NBN ready, it will advise the stage you’re at, such as whether your area is in planning, or construction has commenced. It may also be able to provide an expected completion date.
Setting up an NBN connection at a glance
By the end of 2023, up to 8 million premises in total will be eligible to access NBN Home Ultrafast, offering wholesale download speeds of 500 Mbps to close to 1 Gbps.4 That’s fast!
In fact, 4.4 million Aussie homes and businesses are already using the NBN Home Ultrafast speed tier through HFC and FTTP networks.5
The NBN is delivered via a Multi Technology Mix.6 This is a fancy way of saying that the equipment required to connect your address may be different to previous homes you’ve lived in, or from the properties of your family and friends.
Let us explain the different types of fixed line connections and what is required for each:7
Below are the different types of wireless connections (mostly used in remote and regional areas):9
To know exactly what is required and included for your home or business to be connected to the NBN, have a chat to your internet provider.
Standard installation of NBN supplied equipment such as the power supply unit and network connection box are usually free. However, if you’re connecting to the NBN for the first time, there may be a new development fee of up to $300 - although sometimes your internet provider kindly covers this cost.10
There may be additional charges if your property is considered a non-standard installation.11 This could include additional technology and equipment, or cabling being required.12
Costs for an NBN-ready modem depend upon your chosen provider. There may also be additional fees should you choose a short-term or casual contract.
If you’re moving into a new property, you may choose to pre-install the NBN connection box. You can submit a pre-installation request here.
This will allow the NBN to work with your builder and organise the right equipment both inside and outside of your home.13
Once the infrastructure and equipment are complete, activating the NBN service in your home can be done remotely with the help of your chosen internet provider. Easy peasy!
So, you’re renting and want to upgrade to the NBN? If it's available in your area, you’ll usually need to get the A-ok from your landlord before starting the NBN installation process.14
It’s important to note that when you vacate the premises, the NBN equipment must remain behind.15
While you can take your NBN-ready modem, the power supply unit and connection box are now equipment connected to that specific property.
As the NBN involves a range of new technologies, it’s important that you make sure your existing devices and services are fully compatible.16
Some important services to consider are:17
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1 Parliament of Australia - Media Release, New National Broadband Network
2 Nbn Co - Which services will be switched off?
3 Paul Fletcher MP – NBN declared built and fully operational
4 Nbn co - NBN Co offers further fibre upgrades as part of $4.5 billion plan
5 As above
6 Nbn co - Network technology
7 As above
8 NBN - Fibre to the Premises
9 Nbn co - Network technology
10 NBN - Government Policy for New Developments
11 Nbn co - Price list, nbn Ethernet Product Module, Wholesale Broadband Agreement, page 10.
12 As above, page 12.
13 Nbn co - Pre-installing your NBN connection box
14 Nbn co - Renters and landlords
15 Nbn co - Moving home and nbn
16 Nbn co - Device compatibility
17 As above.