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NBN Co is working overtime to give the rest of Australia access by the 2020 deadline, but it’s a big job.
So, in order to get everyone connected as quickly as possible, NBN Co is making the most of the network infrastructure we’ve already got. However, because telecommunication networks currently vary from location to location, the technology they’re using to provide access to the NBN will also be different.
If you’re wondering what these different technologies are and how they work, here’s a quick rundown to get you up to speed.
Unless you live in a remote or regional area, it’s likely that you will be hooked up to the NBN via a standard fixed line connection – that’s what they call any connection that runs a physical, fibre optic line to your property.
There are four kinds of fixed line connections:
If you live in a remote or regional area where your neighbours are few and far between, your NBN service may be delivered via a Fixed Wireless connection or the Sky Muster™ service.
If you are curious about which network technology might be coming to you, you can check the NBN Co map to see if you’re in the current rollout plan.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to pay to choose an alternative access technology through the NBN Co’s Technology Choice program if you meet certain eligibility criteria.
You would have to feel very strongly about switching though, as an Individual Premises Switch could set you back big bucks, and an Area Switch could cost even more.